Customs House - Calgary, Alberta
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers
N 51° 02.555 W 114° 03.672
11U E 706006 N 5658670
Quick Description: Built between 1912 and 1916. In continuous use by federal agencies since 1915. From 1935 to 1940 it housed the offices of the Canadian Red Cross. It also housed Parks Canada offices. Now it's a multi-use office building.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 11/26/2016 5:42:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMTHMF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 2

Long Description:
Built between 1912 and 1916. In continuous use by federal agencies since 1915. From 1935 to 1940 it housed the offices of the Canadian Red Cross. It also housed Parks Canada offices. Now it's a multi-use office building.

The Customs Examining Warehouse reflects the importance of Calgary as a regional distribution centre in the pre World War I boom era. It is the largest and most impressively designed building of its type in Alberta, since Customs Buildings in this province were generally incorporated into a Post Office, rather than being built separately.

The Customs Examining Warehouse is architecturally important because it was designed by the Chief Federal Architect, David Ewart. It is the only building in Alberta which exhibits a consistent and equal blend of Classical and Chicago School influences.
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Type of Marker: Cultural

Sign Age: New Alberta Tourism Marker Style

Parking: paid parking across the street

Placement agency: Government of Alberta

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