18 vintage photos of downtown Calgary in the early 1900s

Feb 26 2021, 3:55 pm

With new buildings popping up all the time in Calgary these days, we thought it would be fun to take a look back and explore what the city’s downtown and surrounding area looked like in the early 20th century.

We dug through the archives of Prairie Towns and the University of Alberta’s Peel’s Prairie Provinces collection and found some cool old-timey photos featuring Calgary buildings of years past.

Some of these buildings are still around today, with major facelifts (we’re looking at you, City Hall and King Eddy), while others have disappeared entirely.

It’s almost a shame that the majestic architecture and sandstone buildings of the early 1900s aren’t still in style today.

Fire Headquarters, Calgary, Alta. (date unknown)

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Prairie Towns

Palliser Hotel, Calgary (after 1914)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

 General Hospital, Calgary, Alta. (1910)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Eighth Ave looking east – Calgary, Alta (1928)

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Prairie Towns

The Armories – Calgary, Can. (after 1920)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

Looking west on Stephen Avenue, Calgary (before 1920)

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Church, Calgary, Alta. (1920s) 

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Peel’s Prairie Postcards

Public Library, Central Park, Calgary, Alta. (date unknown)

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Prairie Towns

Normal School, Calgary, Alta. (1912)

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Peel’s Prairie Provinces

St Mary’s Cathedral, Calgary (after 1905)

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Simmons Building (date unknown)

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Land titles office & courthouse – Calgary (1914)

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Centre Str., Calgary, Alta. (after 1910)

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Bank of Montreal, Calgary (after 1920)

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City Hall, Calgary, Alberta (after 1920)

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King Edward Hotel (date unknown)

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Grand Union Hotel, Calgary, Alta. (date unknown)

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