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134 - 11 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2G, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1979/05/03

The Customs Examining Warehouse Provincial Historic Resource, Calgary (March 2006); Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, 2006
South and east elevations
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Autre nom(s)

Examining Warehouse

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

1912/01/01 à 1916/01/01

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2008/01/02

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Customs Examining Warehouse is a four-storey rectangular building of red brick and sandstone, located on four urban lots on the northwest corner of Macleod Trail and 11th Avenue Southwest in Calgary's former warehouse district.

Valeur patrimoniale

The heritage value of the Customs Examining Warehouse lies in its provision of structural evidence of Calgary's vital role as a regional distribution centre and its resultant growth before the First World War. It is also significant as an architectural landmark, a rare example of a blend of two distinct but complementary styles popular in early twentieth-century public buildings.

The Customs Examining Warehouse served as a focus for the city's warehouse trade. That Calgary warranted a single-purpose public building of such size - a rarity in western cities - indicates its prominent status in south-central Alberta at the time. From 1915 until 1982, it was occupied by Customs and other federal agencies.

The Warehouse is the largest and most impressive building of its type in Alberta, and the only building which exhibits a consistent and equal blend of classical and Chicago School influences. It has not experienced any significant exterior alterations.

Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch (File: Des 905)

Éléments caractéristiques

The character-defining elements of the Custom Examining Warehouse's mix of architectural styles include:
- the location, symmetrical form, scale and massing of the building;
- red brick facade with cut sandstone trim;
- rusticated sandstone ground floor;
- colossal brick pilasters and arcading pattern;
- pressed metal bracketed cornice;
- double mullion providing for a triple window pattern;
- basement window fenestration pattern;
- fire escape on the north elevation;
- open arched loading bay on the west elevation;
- original loading bay doors on the north and south elevations;
- flagpole on the roof;
- original elements of the interior entrance foyer including: marble flooring and treads, marble wainscoting, and metal and brass balustrades and newel posts.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Province de l'Alberta

Loi habilitante

Historical Resources Act

Type de reconnaissance

Ressource historique provinciale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes

1915/01/01 à 1982/01/01

Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction



Édifice des douanes

Architecte / Concepteur

David Ewart



Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, Old St. Stephen's College, 8820 - 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 (File: Des. 905)

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Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




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