High School Terrace

 

 

1910

1217 9 Street SW

 

High School Terrace was one of many new apartment buildings constructed during Calgary's pre-Worl War I boom. As part of an early form of densification in the city-centre. It is a terrace-style building, of which there are at least three other contemporary examples remaining: Dafoe Terrance and Fairey Terrace in Victoria Park and the Hamilton Apartments in Inglewood. High School Terrace is located in Connaught, immediately west of the Central Collegiate Institute (once Calgary's public high school), which opened in 1908. The Beltline streetcar route reached the district by 1912.

Charles Thomas Gilbert (1867-1952), an English-born baker, settled in Alberta in 1898, and established bakeries in Banff, Calgary, Claresholm, and Okotoks. The Alberta Bakery in Heritage Park Historical Village is intended to represent Gilbert's Calgary business. Gilbert also became involved in real estate, and among his other interests, he developed an area called Gilbert Estates adjacent to Forest Lawn. The contractor Thomas Montomerie was, according to the city clerk that year, identified as one of Calgary's ten leading contractors. Owners have included: Gilber, who owned the building until 1929; Ernest P. Warren, a Canadian Pacific Railway fireman who lived in the building and owned it from 1929 until 1942; and William Ferguson Ross, owner of an auto service establishment who later went into the real estate business. Ross, who once served as president of the Calgary Philatelic Society, owned the building from 1942 until his death in 1959. 

The building's early occupants were a range of middle-class and working-class tenants. One notable occupant was City Assessor and Tax Collector Richard Wallace, who lived at 1219 - 9 Street SW from about 1920 until his death in 1927.

A brick and sandstone building modelled on English Terrace housing. It features: pediments, square bay windows, open porches with columns / pilasters, elaborate glazed front entry ways, and, sandstone trim. Located opposite Central High School, it forms part of a grouping of historic structures. It is illustrative of a pattern of development as a result of the demand for quality housing in the pre-World War I boom.

 

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