1024 Maggie St SE
ABOUT OUR HOME
This is a wood frame house constructed in 1906 in the early days before Calgary became a city. The original construction cost of the house was $997.00 plus an additional $15.00 for the front entrance (not the sun-porch you see today), as well as $275.00 for garage & sheds, which no longer exist. Additions were completed in 1940 and 1943.
It is possible that this house was moved in 1910 from the lot directly to the north – which is now MacDonald Avenue when MacDonald Avenue was extended from Maggie Street to 8th Street (see maps below). Further research is planned.
WHO LIVED HERE
The original owner of this property was Wesley fletcher Orr who was the first Mayor of the Town of Calgary as well as the 8th Mayor of the city of Calgary. Mr. Orr was the original purchaser of most of the land south and east of the Bow & Elbow Rivers. The property changed hands a number of times between 1884 and 1904 when it was purchased by Edward J. Matthews. It is believed Mr. Matthews was the original owner of the house. Edward Matthews was a contracting teamster and was employed by C.P.R. as many residents of Ramsay were during that time period.
DID YOU KNOW
The #24 bus that stops on the north side of the house follows fairly closely the original streetcar route of the early days (see photo below).