Today, the Rocky Ridge and Tuscany neighbourhoods are just far-flung suburban areas of Calgary. But back in the 1950 and ’60, there was not much around the area, except a lot of open spaces and a service station along the highway to Cochrane.
The Eamon’s Bungalow Camp sign was restored and made part of the Tuscany CTrain station. The garage was put into storage some time ago and purchased for a nominal sum by a group in High River, to be restored and used there.
The photos here were snapped a few days ago.
Very glad to see plaques with historical information pop up on buildings all over the Kensington business district.
And in case you missed it, I wrote about the state of historical preservation in Calgary in my Sun column several weeks ago.
With all the building activity around 10 St. N.W. in Kensington, you’d be forgiven if you didn’t notice something was actually being torn down. That’s just what happened through the month of February in Sunnyside, where the old City of Calgary garage was being taken apart.
As some of you might have noticed, I have a soft spot for older buildings, even if they aren’t (or weren’t) esthetically pleasing in any way. The Sunnyside garage was a utilitarian industrial-style building that fit the character of the neighbourhood around it. That said, I can certainly understand its owners wanting to re-purpose the prime real-estate it sat on for something more mid- to high-density residential, as seems to be going on nearby.
Still, I couldn’t help but feel a little sad, taking in that musty demolition smell as I snapped this photo and a few others.
And within a week, there was nothing left but a heap of rubble. One more historical Calgary building to live on only in our memories.