Hunt House - Calgary, Alberta
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Country_Wife
N 51° 02.630 W 114° 02.510
11U E 707358 N 5658863
Quick Description: The 1876 Hunt House is the oldest building in Calgary still on its original site.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 8/19/2012 5:37:29 PM
Waymark Code: WMF3ZX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member GeoKs
Views: 5

Long Description:

The Hunt House is the oldest building in Calgary still on its original site, and one of the oldest buildings in Alberta. Built for the Hudson's Bay Company in 1876, just across the Elbow River from the new Fort Calgary, it was meant to be home to an upper-level HBC employee. The log construction was eventually covered up with wooden shingles, and its history was lost; although it was thought to date to the early Fort Calgary era there was no clear confirmation of that until 2006, when a photo from 1879 was uncovered which showed the building.

Without documentation of its age, it had been difficult to get any funding for preservation or restoration. Discovery of the photo spurred on plans to finally give the cabin the attention it needed. Unfortunately, the economic downturn in 2008 meant that restoration plans needed to be scaled back, and in 2010 it was reported by the CBC that the building was in danger of being lost to neglect.

Canada's Historic Places entry for Hunt House

Glenbow Museum photo of Hunt House in 1910

Type of Marker: Cultural

Sign Age: Historic Site or Building Marker

Parking: There is limited parking for Deane House restaurant patrons, or you can park at Fort Calgary and walk

Placement agency: Province of Alberta

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