In 2012 a small group of dedicated volunteers created Century Homes Calgary, an event that celebrated the history of the first building boom in Calgary, which started in 1904 and peaked in 1912. Many of the houses that were built during this time helped create the vibrant and diverse inner city communities that thrive today.
The volunteer organizers worked with hundreds of homeowners to make the weeklong event a success. Over 500 homes were registered in 30 different communities. Homeowners researched the history of their home and its former inhabitants, and then created yard signs with the stories and history they discovered.
Once all the research was completed, and the yard sign ready for installation, the locations were added to the Century Homes Tour Map. Calgarians were encouraged to create customized walking tours of participating homes during Historic Calgary Week.
Century Homes Calgary was such a resounding success that the organizers were awarded the 2012 Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming, one of the top honours an organization can receive in the field of history and heritage. Century Homes Calgary was such a success, with a small amount of funding from the City of Calgary and Calgary 2012, the organizers plan to make it an annual event.
If you’d like to participate or visit some of Calgary’s Century Homes this coming summer, they would be pleased to see you July 26th – August 5th.
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