The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre has been an important part of Calgary’s cultural and physical landscape for the past 20 years, inspiring social inclusion and providing a focal point for community activities.
The Centre’s ornate pagoda-style roof is a replica of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, originally constructed around 1420 AD and listed as one of the World Cultural Relics by UNESCO. Built during the Ming Dynasty, the temple was a place for the Emperor to pray for a good harvest to affirm that he was still in good standing with the heavens.
To re-create the roof in Calgary, 44,000 unique clay tiles, kiln-dried using traditional Chinese methods, were brought from China and painstakingly placed on the pagoda roof in 200 columns. Like any facility after 20 years of operation, The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is faced with maintenance and lifecycle needs. The Calgary winters have been particularly harsh on the clay roof, and City staff is working with the Centre to provide Capital Conservation Grant funding and technical support to help with the intricate task of roof replacement.
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