Heritage in the Beltline
The Beltline has eleven decades of history and building from every one them are still here. In fact, most of Calgary’s heritage sites are in the Beltline.
Heritage adds value. In 2006 Beltline Communities undertook comprehensive heritage research and compiled detailed information of every historic property in the district. Known as the Beltline Heritage Inventory Project (BHIP), this created a platform for new heritage interpretation and "adaptive reuse" of old buildings.
Development sites on or near sites of historic significance that warrant special consideration and treatment. Furthermore, where buildings or sites of historic character are clustered together or linked, so that they contribute to a sense of place, the area warrants special consideration and treatment. Historical buildings or landscapes should be preserved. New developments shall respond sensitively to their context in complementary but contemporary forms. Beltline Communities strongly supports a ‘heritage and development’ rather than ‘heritage or development’ approach.
Through BHIP, Beltline Communities was also able to position the community to effectively defend the high-quality heritage resources by determining which sites are heritage and which are not.
Beltline - Heritage Inventory Project
As we are continually looking to build upon the resources on heritage buildings in the beltline. We encourage you to e-mail us with any questions you may have regarding heritage buildings in the beltline, also please feel free to add to areas that look a little thin. We are looking for photos, historical information, and documents that will give us a better picture on heritage buildings which may, or may not have historical designations in the city.
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