The volunteers of the Century Homes Calgary project thanked their sponsors and the owners/residents of the more than 500 homes that signed up this past summer. The project ran during Historic Calgary Week (July 27-Aug 6) and was attended by thousands of Calgarians in more than 30 communities across Calgary.
It was over coffee back in July, 2011 that a few folks with a passion for heritage buildings and community collaboration, got together and decided to accomplish the following:
1. To connect/collaborate with as many century-home owners as possible to celebrate their home’s 100th (or near 100th) anniversary and to commemorate the Calgarians who had formerly lived in these homes and built our communities and engage the wider public (all Calgarians) to encourage them to visit the older neighborhoods and learn about the homes and communities.
2. To provide support and assistance to century-home owners to enable them to research their home’s history and write their home’s story on signs to be posted for public display.
3. To capture their home’s history and historical details for future use in a database.
Thank you participants for your enthusiasm and help in making the project a success! We will be holding a similar event in 2013 so hang onto your banners & yard signs and check out www.centuryhomes.org in the New Year for further details.
The Century Homes Committee would also like to thank the following sponsors/supporter for making this project possible: the City of Calgary Heritage Planning, the City of Calgary’s Council Strategic Initiative Fund, the City of Calgary Corporate Records, Archives, the Calgary Public Library (Community Heritage and Family History), the Calgary Heritage Authority, the Calgary Heritage Initiative, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, Calgary 2012, the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, Halyna Tataryn, Debbie Ferguson, Rick Clowes, the Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association, and the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association.