With new buildings popping up in Calgary these days, we thought it would be fun to take a look back and explore what downtown and the surrounding area of the city looked like at the beginning of the 20th century.
We browsed the Prairie Towns archives and the University of Alberta’s Peel’s Prairie Provinces collection and found some cool old-time photos of Calgary buildings from years gone by.
Some of these buildings still have major facelifts (we see you, City Hall and King Eddy) while others have completely disappeared.
It’s almost a shame that the majestic architecture and sandstone buildings of the early 20th century are still not in fashion today.
Fire Department, Calgary, Alta. (Date unknown)
Palliser Hotel, Calgary (after 1914)
General Hospital, Calgary, Alta. (1910)
Eighth Ave facing East – Calgary, Alta (1928)
The Armories – Calgary, Can. (after 1920)
Looking west on Stephen Avenue, Calgary (before 1920)
Church, Calgary, Alta. (1920s)
Public Library, Central Park, Calgary, Alta. (Date unknown)
Normal School, Calgary, Alta. (1912)
St. Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary (after 1905)
Simmons Building (date unknown)
Land Title Office & Courthouse – Calgary (1914)
Center St., Calgary, Alta. ((after 1910)
Bank of Montreal, Calgary (after 1920)
City Hall, Calgary, Alberta (after 1920)
King Edward Hotel (date unknown)
Grand Union Hotel, Calgary, Alta. (Date unknown)