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Platopos

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Hey guys, recently I've taken a lot of effort in scouring the web to find any and all beautiful historic buildings from Calgary that have unfortunately bit the dust. I especially focused on buildings with classical architecture/design to create a list of said buildings

If any of you guys have the time, can you guys correct any buildings that have not been demolished, are misnamed in the list or have the wrong picture for them? I'd really appreciate it. Also any new additions to the list would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Herald Building
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2. Southam Chambers


3. C.P. Rail Station


4. Hull’s Opera House(original on the right)
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5. Alexander Corner


6. Burns Manor
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7. Burns Block


8.St. George’s Bandstand


9. Hotel York


10. Central School


11.South Ward School


12. Land Titles Office


13. Rundle Hospital


14. C.P.R. Department of Natural Resources Building



15. C.P.R. Irrigation Building


16. C.P.R. Land Office Calgary


17. Beveridge Travis Block


18. The Great West Saddlery


19. Old Court House


20. Old Fire Department


21. Old Post Office


22. King George Hotel


23. T. Eaton’s Store


24. St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church


25. Old First Baptist Church


26. Knox Presbyterian Church


27. Exhibition Park


28. W.R. Brock Warehouse


29. Wales Hotel


30. Baptist Church


31. Holy Cross Hospital


32. General Hospital



33. YMCA Building


34. Hotel Royal



35. Braemar Lodge


36. Old St.Mary’s School


37. Yale Hotel


38. Old Police Headquarters



39. Empire Hotel



40. McDougall Block
 
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It's a shame about many of those buildings. Some of those are still going but have changed names or been altered slightly. #22 and #29 are still intact as far as I know. I believe #43 is still around too.
 

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It's a shame about many of those buildings. Some of those are still going but have changed names or been altered slightly. #22 and #29 are still intact as far as I know. I believe #43 is still around too.
Thanks Surrealplaces, I'll get them off the list. And yeah, it's unfortunate knowing that most of those buildings are gone. Hopefully Hotel York will one day be rebuilt beside the Bow so I can get it off the list as well.
 

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We had some pretty cool buildings back ion the day. I pray that we can keep the ones we have left. Thanks for starting the thread @Platopos
 

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This one is the Herald Building. You have two pics of the same building for Herald and Southam currently.

 

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From your original two posts:

#4 Hull's Opera House - Perhaps also include this photo.



People typically see this view and wonder how we could have torn it down. Unfortunately it was chopped up pretty good to convert to retail, and was in this state near the end.



I believe #14 and #15 and #31 are the same building, in #14 1 more story has been added

#25 and #26 are the same building

#39 is still standing here
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.043...4!1sdNgR-XoQPVXlnOJly_HGng!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

#23 and #44 are the same building
 

Platopos

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From your original two posts:

#4 Hull's Opera House - Perhaps also include this photo.



People typically see this view and wonder how we could have torn it down. Unfortunately it was chopped up pretty good to convert to retail, and was in this state near the end.



I believe #14 and #15 and #31 are the same building, in #14 1 more story has been added

#25 and #26 are the same building

#39 is still standing here
https://www.google.com/maps/@51.043...4!1sdNgR-XoQPVXlnOJly_HGng!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

#23 and #44 are the same building
The edits have been made. Thanks a ton man, you have a good eye, I appreciate it a lot. And I'll post several photos of buildings that have been redone partway through their life.
 

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Fuuucccckkkkk. Calgary would've been infinitely more pretty if these buildings were still standing. It is hard to put myself in the head space of the Post-Modern dipshits who demolished these beauties.
 

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Fuuucccckkkkk. Calgary would've been infinitely more pretty if these buildings were still standing. It is hard to put myself in the head space of the Post-Modern dipshits who demolished these beauties.
It's quite easy. The people that want brutalist buildings destroyed today have the same mind set as the people that destroyed the pre-WW1 era buildings.
 

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It's quite easy. The people that want brutalist buildings destroyed today have the same mind set as the people that destroyed the pre-WW1 era buildings.
Though I agree that the reasoning was probably the same, an argument could be made that classical/classical revival architecture is objectively more aesthetic and has always been more aesthetic to the general population. I mean, it's not like classical architecture is in style with the arts community right now, it only seems to be appealing to the public, but in recent years, there's been an ever-growing divide between the tastes and views of art from the general populace and the artists themselves. I'm personally very displeased with virtually all of modern art, preferring older architectural styles(except for art deco) over anything else virtually in every situation. Even critically acclaimed modern buildings, celebrated by the general populace like the Sydney Opera House or the Getty Center are a very big leap down for me compared to classical buildings of similar scale. Granted, that doesn't mean I'll complain about modern skyscrapers and buildings going, up, I still see beauty in them it's just that they're always a step down from classical architecture, at least for me.
 

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