611 25 Ave SW
1910 Calgary Historic Bed & Breakfast at Twin Gables
Check out the about house link at www.twingables.ca
• The lot on which Twin Gables now stands was purchased from the Canadian pacific Railway in 1909 by Henry N. Senath who was president of the Riverside Lumber Company.
• The first resident of Twin Gables was Albert E Millican, who came to Calgary to ractice law with his brother in 1906. The millican family lived at Twin Gables from 1914 to 1931.
• Some time after the Millican family left Twin Gables, the home was converted to a boarding house.
• At present, Twin Gables is a successful bed and breadfast (visit www.twingables.ca)
• To date, there have only been five owners of this home.
• Twin Gables was designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 1984.
What to look for….
• Twin Gables was built in the Arts and Crafts bungalow style. This is evident by eclectic use of materials; the low-pitched and broadly overhanding roof, and the visible brackets and rafters.
• The exterior of the three stories are made of a yellow-and-brown brick wood shingles and stucco. The interior construction is lathe and plaster.
• Much of the original hardware exists throughout the interior of the home and is in working order. This includes everything from door handles to the cast iron radiators and light fixtures. Of note is the servant’s call box located in the kitchen.
• The wood paneling, built-in cabinets, and pocket doors are a combination of solid oak and mahogany.
• In the ladies’ washroom of the Executive suite can be found some of the original installations. This includes the laundry shoot which still transports washables, and the water closet.
• The ceilings on the main floor of Twin Gables are quite varied in style. The dining room ceiling is a combination of plaster sconces and anaglypta wallpaper, while the living room features a box beam ceiling.
• Some of the original wallpaper remains throughout the house. This can be found in greatest quantity in the dining room. However, if you look around the base of the ceiling fixture in the living room you can see pieces of some of the old wallpaper as well.
• The wallpaper in the parlour, which was probably applied in the 1920s, is an intricate design of Hyde Park.
Did you know?
Several of the antique photos handing from the walls of Twin Gables are believed to be from the original family. These photos were found behind the walls during a renovation.