801 (Rear) 8 Street Southeast, Calgary

551139-HuntHouse

This building is historically important to Calgary as the City’s oldest extant dwelling on its original site. It is of provincial importance being the oldest-standing Hudson’s Bay Company building in southern Alberta, and among the three oldest in the Province. Its significant associations are with the Hudson’s Bay Company, the operations of the North-West Mounted Police in Calgary, and the beginning of settlement around Fort Calgary.

ARCHITECTURAL SIGNIFICANCE

While most Hudson’s Bay Company buildings were of post-on-sill construction, this building displays dovetail corners, typical of southern Alberta at that time and due to American influence. This is one of very few log buildings surviving in Calgary’s changing architectural heritage.