Yard Sign Guidelines

Your yard sign is an opportunity for you as a Century homeowner to share information about your home. Your message can be written as a narrative or as text supplemented with photographs or art.


      • Now – Gather stories and/or information about your house and decide what you will include on your yard sign (Guidelines below)
      • Historic Calgary Week – put up your banner and yard sign on display (if you will be away, you can put it up earlier or have a neighbour do it for you).



For more help, download this yard sign guide line.

Yard Signs Examples

Here are some examples of Calgary Century Homes and their yard signs. It’s simple!


If you have information about the people who lived in your house.

Example home

Example sign

The text in the sign reads: “Clifford Roughton and his mother, Martha, were my 1912 home’s first residents. Martha had just been widowed that year at only 48 years of age. So, at the peak of Calgary’s first boom, she and her 5 sons emigrated from London, England to build their new life here. Clifford became a baggage checker with the CPR, a top employer at the time.

WWI brought an end to the boom. All Martha’s sons enlisted — Clifford, Basil and Jim in the ‘Fighting 10th’ Battalion and Allan and Claude with the 31st. Clifford went missing during an attack near St. Julien, France in 1915 and was later presumed dead. Three other sons were wounded, including Basil, who was killed in a hunting accident shortly after he returned from the war. He was only 22. It was less than a year since his marriage and two months before his baby daughter, June, was born. Only 17 when he enlisted, Basil had seen ‘all the heavy fighting of the early part of the war and after being severely gassed and wounded had returned to Canada in 1917’. (Calgary Herald, Monday, Oct 20, 1919)

Martha and members of the Roughton family continued to live here through the 1920’s recession and into the 1930’s depression and adapted the home to multi-family apartments. It remained that way for several decades before being returned to a single family dwelling. The photo above shows what the house looked like in the 1920’s.”

The 1920’s image of our street which was used for the sign was ordered from the Glenbow archives. It’s easy to do and not expensive.


If you have information about the style of your home or historic paint colour.

Download a PDF of this example sign here.


If you have information about your community.

Example sign


Century Homes are all types and sizes. From an architect built home.

Example home

Example Sign


To a charming worker’s cottage.

Example home

How old is my home?

Here are some questions and a helpful guide to get you started.

See “A Guide to Researching Building History” for more ideas and advice.

You can also visit the Glenbow Library and Archives, Community Heritage and History Collection of the Calgary Public Library, and City of Calgary, Corporate Records Archives, where staff can help you find useful publications, documents, maps, clippings, and other sources.

Go to research tips  for more advice and helpful guides.

Research Tips

Here is some information to help you with researching your Century Home. Remember that you can do as little or as much as you want.

For the yard sign, you will only need 5 or 6 sentences, or perhaps an enlarged photo or newspaper article. I suggest taking this at a leisurely pace and pursuing your research in enjoyable chunks. Good luck with your discoveries!


Here is some information to help you with researching your Century Home. Remember that you can do as little or as much as you want.

2011-1933 Heritage Triangle Online.pdf