echoes of 1913

Canada’s oldest retailer, The Hudson’s Bay Company, underwent a major modernization and expansion early in the 20th century. This included construction of six new stores in western Canada. The first concrete and steel structure was built in Calgary, replacing the small wood-frame shop that had been outgrown in Calgary’s rapid expansion as a railhead and jumping-off point for prospectors headed north. The new structure became the city’s tallest building with six storeys, and was undoubtedly an impressive place to shop, eat and play. The store was expanded in 1929 and again in 1955, but still shines with its turn-of-the-century charm.

The Hudson's Bay store in downtown Calgary

The Colonnade at The Bay

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  1. Royce Howland May 12, 2011 at 19:32 #

    I was standing in exactly this spot earlier today thinking about setting up a shot of this receding series of arches, and here you’ve done a great rendition of the scene! :) Very nicely done!

  2. Gudrun May 12, 2011 at 21:17 #

    Thanks Royce, that’s a kind thing to say. I appreciate the comment!

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