304 10a st nw
I’ve had a little ‘restoration work’ done!
I was built in 1911…right around the time that Calgary decided to ‘boom’ and grow like a little prairie city could.
As you can see in the old Fire Insurance Plan map, many houses like me were just starting to dot the neighbourhood in 1911, including many businesses on Kensington Road (Centre Ave) that still stand today!
Looking in the old Henderson Directories, you’ll see that for the first 40 or so years or so of my life, I rarely had a resident living here for much longer than a few yrs:
1911-15 M. Robinson
1915-16 C. Porter
1916-17 A. Cook
1917-18 R. Harvey
1918-19 A. Cook
1921-24 J. Atherton
…1927- 32 M. Gardiner
1933-40 M. Gardiner
1940-48 E. Hoegg
1948-50 C. Gelin
…1952-53 T. Hopkins
In the ‘80s, it seems I still had a revolving door of residents and I was actually a 3-unit house with separate upstairs, main & downstairs suites! Finally, in the early ‘90s, a family finally turned me back into a single family home…check out how I looked back then in the ‘Before’ picture.
The Rocks live in me now! They’ve been here since 2003 and love the neighbourhood so don’t count on them leaving anytime soon! They’ve been putting a lot of attention into me, inside and out.
They always though it odd that I was one of the only houses around without a porch…when they found the old maps, they realized I had one in 1911, so this year, they put one back! I look pretty good now, don’t I??
Photo captions (R to L):
‘Before’ my new porch!
Baptist Church, now Lifesport Cycle
Look at these cute kids…as part of the ‘Temperance’ movement they would’ve closed your Kensington Pub, OJ’s, Yardhouse, Wine Bar, Brasserie, Bottlehouse, Oaktree Tavern, Molly Malone’s, Sam’s Bar, and probably even Higher Ground in the evenings… …shame on them!!!
Starbucks, at the end of the street used to be a grocery and ice cream shop… it was owned and run by the Cazzubo family who owned a few in the area, too. Go see Brittany at Starbucks…she’ll fix you up with a frappucino and make you feel like you were eating ice cream in the shop again!
Salvatore & Rosario Cazzubo
Cruising Memorial Drive! Not sure how much water those fences would’ve held back
Floods? … so what else is new? As you can see here, the old Louise Bridge (which used to be just a tad west of the current bridge) is getting a whipping from the water.
The district of “Kensington” is a pretty unique one in Calgary where a busy business district is tightly surrounded by a busy residential district… we all love this place and want to preserve its unique character.