The National Music Centre


Apart of Calgary’s East village the National Music Centre is home to a collection of musical instruments that are part of Canada’s history in music. Originally the plan was to preserve the King Edward Hotel a historic hotel in Calgary’s East Village after it was Condemned but given the opportunity they built the Centre. The King Edward hosted numerous Jazz musicians.

The Centre is made of ceramic tiles that have a floating affect, they were brought from Germany and the Netherlands. The building was designed to carry sound around the building so that you can hear the music being played from the 5th floor at the first floor.

The Studio Cost $191 Million dollars it began construction in 2013. Private citizens and companies donated from $100,000 to $500,000 to the project.

The Bell Studio is also available to be rented for parties and special occasions.


Olympic Plaza

Originally made for the medal ceremony of the 1988 Olympics the plaza now is used as a venue for public events.

Every year for Canada day they enjoy celebrations in Olympic Plaza.

Olympic Plaza is located right across Old City Hall and the Calgary Manciple Building

In the Winter Olympic Plaza is transformed into a outdoor ice rink.

In 2004 about 30,000 people packed the Plaza to celebrate the Calgary Flames run at the Stanley Cup.

People are a loud to skate for free.

People of Calgary payed for Olympic Plaza brick by brick, Private citizens bought a single brick.

Citizens bought each brick for $20 each.

There has been talk of renovation since 2004 of the plaza, do to the amount of aging the brick’s may not be salvageable in their current condition.

Olympic Plaza is a favourite place amongst Calgarians, many come on any given day just to eat lunch near the beautifully designed structure.


McDougall Centre

The McDougall Centre was built in 1908 and was originally called “Provincial Normal School”

The Architect behind the building Allan Merrick Jeffers.

The building is made of Sandstone and helped earn the city the nickname “The Sandstone City.”

Jeffers was appointed Alberta’s provincial Architect in 1907.

The McDougall Centre is made out of Sandstone like many classical buildings in Calgary.

The building was designed in Beaux Art style, which is lavish and ornamentally heavy.

It was used as the provinces first normal school.

It is thought that this school was used to compensate for Edmonton Being Called Alberta’s Capital.

A normal school is used to train high school graduates to be teachers or a teachers college.

It was renamed McDougall School when the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) bought it in 1922, It was named to honour George and John McDougall.

It was used as a school and the office of the CBE.

The McDougall School was used as a Elementary and Jr. High school until 1981.

The Building was no longer feasible as a school due to low enrolment.

It was named a historic resource in 1982 and went through a five year renovation and was reopened in 1987.

In 1987 it was used as the south government building, it is now a office and meeting place for Alberta’s official’s.

The Twin Towers of Bankers Hall


The Twin Towers of Bankers Hall are something else, the east tower was complete in 1989 and the west tower was complete 11 years later in the year 2000. The towers cost a total of $ 225 million CAD.

It was designed by Cohos Evamy an Architecture firm based out of Calgary AB. The crowns on the top of the Towers were designed to look like cowboy hats. The east towers is meant to be silver because of Calgary’s white hatting of foreign dignitaries and outstanding citizens.

The first three floors are retail space and on the fourth is a fitness club, called Bankers Hall Club for tenants and workers in and around the towers. The other 49 floors are office space. Bankers hall is home to some very high end retail such as Henry Singer and Blu’s.

Bankers halls biggest tenant is Canadian Natural Resources, an oil and gas company.

Bankers hall is connected to their downtown neighbours through a pair of plus 15’s.

The Twin Towers of Bankers Hall is a great piece of postmodern Architecture.


The Saddledome

img_0836The Saddledome home of the Calgary Flames and their WHL team the Calgary Hitmen.

The Saddledome began construction in 1981 and was complete in 1983 costing $97.7 million Canadian dollars.

It was originally called the Olympic Saddledome as the city was getting ready for the 1988 Olympics. Where they hosted Olympic figure skating and hockey events

It also hosted a number of Stanley Cup games in 1986 then in 1989 where the Calgary Flames tasted victory over the Montreal Canadiens. The last time they hosted the Stanley Cup was in 2004.

The biggest event recently hosted at the Saddledome was the NBA preseason game between the Toronto Raptors and the Denver Nuggets.

The Saddledome’s grounds is also where the Calgary Stampede is held every year, known as the worlds largest outdoor show.

The Saddledome has also hosted musical events most recently the final show of the Tragically Hip.

It has also hosted royalty as Queen Elizabeth II came for Alberta’s centennial in 2005 at the Saddledome.

It is currently one of the oldest arenas in the NHL and most unique, never in my travels have I seen a stadium shaped like a Saddle.

The shape highlights the western theme of Calgary and the surrounding areas.

Calgary is cowboy country in many ways this Stadium just highlights that very well.

The Bow

img_0636The Bow Tower its a favourite in the City of Calgary.

It is a star in the skyline and it’s unique look makes it stand out in the crowd of building. 236 metres tall and 158000 square metres in mass.

Like many buildings in the city it is connected by a plus 15 to the rest of the city an integral part of the city and uniquely designed. out of steel and glass.

img_0639 The bow is also has an interesting piece of public art appropriately called the head. The Head is the centre piece of the Bow it really makes people think and in rare occasions those thoughts wonder, how high can I climb the Head before security comes and gets me.

The Bow cost $1.4 Billion.

It is a true icon for the City of Calgary.

The Calgary Tower

The Calgary Tower, a tower that we set a blaze every time Calgarians celebrate. The observation tower was built 1967 was finished in 1968, for $3.5 million, it was modernized with LED lighting in 2014. in 1988 they designed the olympic torch to look like the tower.

I see the Calgary Tower as a necessary stepping stone for Calgary if it wasn’t built then we may not see such structures as the scotia centre and to a greater later degree the Bow Tower.

The Calgary Tower is a staple in Calgary’s Skyline located on 9th and centre. With a restaurant on the top floor called sky 360.

The Calgary Tower is truly something Calgarians can marvel and be inspired by even though it is no longer the tallest tower in Calgary it is still the highest 360 degree observation deck at 1228 metres the people at the Calgary Tower website seem to be very optimistic and proud of that fact.