Calgary's Grand Story

Calgary was a boomtown of 50,000 people in 1912, the year the Lougheed Building and the adjacent Grand Theatre were built. The fanfare and anticipation surrounding their opening marked the beginning of a golden era in the city's history. The Lougheed quickly became Calgary's premier corporate address, and the state-of-the-art Grand Theatre the hub of a thriving cultural community. Through the great days of Vaudeville and classic cinema, through the Depression, two world wars, and the oil and gas boom, the Lougheed and the Grand were cornerstones of downtown Calgary. As the city grew up around them, questions about their future arose. Did they still have a place in this new metropolis of shiny glass and steel? After they were nearly destroyed by fire in 2004, the push to restore and revitalize the buildings gained new momentum.

From the viewpoint of these two prominent heritage buildings, Donald Smith introduces the reader to the personalities and events that helped shape Calgary in the twentieth century. Complemented by over 140 historical images, Calgary's Grand Story is a fascinating tribute to the Lougheed and the Grand and celebrates their unrivalled position in the city's political, economic, and cultural history.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Calgary's Grand Story 1
Title page 3
Contents 7
Acknowledgements 9
Introduction 15
Map 21
Opening Night 23
James Lougheed: His Story 43
Belle Lougheed: Her Story 67
Neighbours: Alfred Terrill and Paddy Nolan 87
Construction of the Lougheed and Sherman Grand 103
W. J. Tregillus: The Prime Tenant 119
Fred Albright: From Calgary to Passchendaele 137
Jeff Lydiatt: The Grand in the Great War 159
An Albertan Political Revolution, 1921 183
Sir James at the Top and After 199
The Grand Transition 221
The Barronial Era 1937-1969 247
Modern Times: The 1960's - 2005 279
Appendices 313
A Note on Sources 319
A Short Bibliography 323
Notes 325
Index 361