Saturday, February 12, 2011

                                                           I Vouri 1966

Some months ago we decided to furnish our living
room in Mid-Century Modern.  Built in the mid 1960's
it is a typical bungalow of the period.  One Saturday
we discovered an estate sale and found this painting
a view of the Centre Street Bridge in Calgary.
It is rapidly becoming one of our favourites.

The family who sold it identified the
cylindrical building as the old Sheriton Hotel.

Friends who lived in Calgary at the time really enjoy it
One was able to identify the building on the right by
description alone before she saw the painting  
as the Telus building with it's telecommunication array.

Below this detail shows two of the four Centre Street Bridge lions cast
by City of Calgary employee James L. Thompson in 1916.
they were replaced by replicas in the 2001 restoration of the bridge.

So here is a picture of winter in Calgary in 1966. 
The city today looks quite different from the city of 1966
and the city celebrated in E. Pauline Johnson's poetry collection of 1917.

"Not of the seething cities with their swarming human hives,
Their fetid airs, their reeking streets, their dwarfed and poisoned lives,
Not of the buried yesterdays, but of the days to be,
The glory and the gateway of the yellow West is she."

                               Calgary of the Plains
                                                                                  Emily Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

And the remodel continues.

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