Calgary Landmarks – Lougheed House
- March 22, 2015
- By Cody Battershill
Calgary Landmarks – Lougheed House
Calgary’s beltline neighbourhoods are full of historical surprises, like the Lougheed House, for example, a local landmark that has an incredible story over its hundred and some odd years of existence.
As one of the oldest remaining buildings in the city, the government has dedicated it as a national historic site and is definitely worth a stop for both tourists and locals who are looking to learn more about Calgary’s past.
The Story Behind the House
Originally named “Beaulieu”, meaning “beautiful place” in French, the Lougheed House was constructed in 1891 by Senator James Alexander Lougheed for his wife, Isabella Hardisty Lougheed, and their two sons, Norman and Clarence.
In accordance with the municipal rules at the time, (due to the fire of 1886), the house was built out of the fire retardant sandstone rock that was mined from nearby quarries along the Bow River. See more at the History of Calgary today.
After the family’s arrival into the mansion, James and Isabella had four more children: Edgar, Dorothy, Douglas and Marjorie and in 1907 the house was expanded to accommodate the large family and their busy social schedule.
The sheer size of the mansion and its magnificently detailed design inside and out symbolized the wealth and prestige of the Lougheed family. Needless to say, they were some of Calgary’s most influential citizens and would remain so for many years.
Activities at the House
Inside the main level and sometimes on the second floor of this landmark are a series of art and historic exhibits for visitors to enjoy.
Currently being displayed is a full collection of street photos taken over Calgary’s history, showing the evolution of the city since its establishment in the 1880’s.
The Lougheed family were adept horticulturalists in the community, as shown by the incredible 2.8 acre garden found on the property.
The Restaurant at the Lougheed House serves brunch and lunch menus consisting mostly of breakfast favourites, sandwiches, salads and soups. Hours are as follows:
- Lunch – Wednesday to Friday – 11:00am to 2:00pm
- Brunch – Saturday & Sunday – 10:00am to 2:00pm
The restaurant does take reservations, just in case you want to guarantee yourself a spot! Call 403-410-9288 to make one today! Also see our Top 5 Breakfast Restaurants in Connaught today.
Collections & Archives
In addition to the ever changing exhibits, the Lougheed House has its own collections and archives of items from the Lougheed family, as well as other pieces from the 1890 – 1915 period.
Would you like to take a little piece of the Lougheed House’s history home with you? Choose from a variety of gifts including:
- Vintage and antique collectibles
- Jewelry and fashion accessories
- Cards and stationary gifts
- Traditional home decorations
and more! The museum shop has the same hours as the house.
Address, Hours & Admission
Are you planning on visiting this old-school charm in Calgary’s beltline? If so, address, admission and hours are as follows:
Phone Number – 403-244-6333
Email – [email protected]
- House – Wednesday through Friday – 11:00am – 4:00pm
- House - Saturday & Sunday – 10:00am – 4:00pm
- Gardens – open daily (weather permitting) from 7:00am to house closing
- Adults - $8.50
- Seniors & Students - $6.50
- Children (6-12) - $5.00
- Under 6 - free
- Family - $5.00
The Lougheed House is just one of many local landmarks you’ll find in the “heart of the new west”. See our constantly growing list of other Calgary Landmarks we recommend you visit today!
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