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About this collection

Calgary’s heritage buildings are a treasure, however in the past 100 years many structures have been lost to fire, decay, or gentrification. An early advocate for preserving Calgary’s history, Alison Jackson (1912-1987) began photo-documenting the heritage buildings at-risk of demolition. This collection comprises primarily of Downtown and South West Calgary’s historic buildings and residences, taken between 1953 and 1977. Jackson once modestly commented about her hobby of photographing buildings, “I never dreamt that when I started this that anybody else would be interested.”

 

A long-time Calgary Public Library employee, in 1988 Allison’s estate donated these images to preserve the city’s built heritage.

 

See Alison’s photos by location through Google Maps.

 

 

 

What you will find in this collection:

 

  • Learn about historic buildings that have been lost

  • See historic buildings as they were in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s

 

 
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