A then-and-now look at Calgary’s growing skyline

Calgary has come a long way since it was first incorporated as a town way back on November 7th, 1884. At that time, it had a population of only 506 people. Today it’s home to over 1.15 million, and that number is expected to continue to grow by two per cent per year over the next decade.

Residents of the Stampede City have, of course, seen this growth manifested in the city’s ever-evolving skyline, which just last summer welcomed the tallest building in Canada west of Toronto.

Today we’re celebrating the Calgary boom with a pictorial look back at how the city has evolved over the last 100 years or so.

Centre Street Bridge ca. 1943

centre street bridge 1943Photo: Kingsdude/Dave/Flickr

1949

downtown calgary 1949Photo: Calgary Heritage Initiative Society

Unknown

centre street bridge calgaryPhoto: Calgary Public Library

2013

centre street bridge 2013Photo: davebloggs007/Flickr

Calgary Tower ca. 1968

Calgary tower

1969

Calgary towerPhotos: Calgary Tower

1975

Calgary towerPhoto: imgur

1988

calgary tower 1988Photo: woychukb/Flickr

2012Calgary tower 2012Photo: k.mckeown/Flickr

Saddledome ca. 1981

Saddledome 1981Photo: Canadian Geographic

Late 1980s

calgary saddledomePhoto: Calgary Public Library

2012

saddledome 2012Photo: CplGumby/Flickr

Burns Building ca. 1930s and 1963

Burns Building 1930s 1963Photos: WikimediaCalgary Public Library

2012

burns buildingPhoto: Allied Properties

City Hall ca. 1920s

calgary city hall historicPhoto: City of Calgary/YouTube

1957

calgary city hall 1957Photo: Calgary Public Library

1990s

calgary city hall 1990sPhoto: Calgary Public Library

2012

Calgary city hall 2012 historicPhoto: Google Street View

Fairmont Palliser Hotel ca. Unknown

Calgary Palliser Hotel historicPhoto: Calgary Public Library

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Calgary Palliser Hotel historicPhoto: Calgary Public Library

2012

Palliser Hotel Calgary 2012Photo: Google Street View

Downtown ca. 1970s

Calgary skylinePhoto: Calgary Public Library

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Calgary skyline historicPhoto: Calgary Public Library

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Calgary skyline historic 1990Photo: Calgary Public Library

2013

Calgary skyline 2013Photo: waynerd/Flickr

Northwest Calgary ca. 1906

northwest calgary historicPhoto: Calgary Public Library

1940s

Calgary historicPhoto: Kingsdude/Dave/Flickr

2013

Calgary northwestPhoto: CBS Projects/Blue Con Excavating

6th Avenue and 1st SE ca. 1960

calgary historic 8th ave 1st-1Photo: Calgary Public Library

1966

calgary historic 8th ave 1st-2Photo: Calgary Public Library

2012

calgary historic 8th ave 1stPhoto: Google Street View

Centre Street and 3rd Avenue ca. 1965

Calgary chinatown historicPhoto: Mike Martin Wong/Flickr

2012

Calgary chinatown historicPhoto: Google Street View

8th Avenue and 1st Street SW ca. 1950s

Calgary 8th avenue historicPhoto: Calgary Public Library

2012

8th avenue calgary historicPhoto: Google Street View

8th Avenue and 4st Street SW ca. 1959

8th avenue 4th street calgary historic-1Photo: Calgary Public Library

2012

8th avenue 4th street calgary historicPhoto: Google Street View

6th Avenue and 4th Street SW ca. 1950s

Knox United Church calgary historicPhoto: Calgary Public Library

2012

Knox United Church calgary historic-1Photo: Google Street View

Downtown ca. 1960

calgary historic photo-1960Photo: SportSuburban/Flickr

2010

Calgary tower view 2010Photo: Dillan K/Flickr

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