“Then & Now” columns appeared weekly in the Calgary Herald between 2002 and 2005. The following article appeared November 26, 2003.
2003 8th St. S.W.
Then: Stringer Residence
• This 3,000-square-foot residence was constructed in 1909 for Calgary businessman Bert A. Stringer. Built of brick with a sandstone block base, the hillside house featured a corner tower with a bell-shaped roof. A photograph of the Stringer residence appeared in the June 1910 supplement to the Calgary Herald entitled "Why Go to Canada?" Stringer was heavily involved in real estate investment. He was best known for developing Mount Pleasant and investing in the construction of the Centre Street Bridge. Bert's brother was the famous Canadian author Arthur John Arbuthnott Stringer, who wrote poetry, non-fiction, fiction and scripts for silent film, most notably The Perils of Pauline.
Now: Private residence
• This vintage landmark still stands guard at the gateway to the exclusive Upper Mount Royal district. The house was recently sold and remains in private hands. A portion of the signature stone retaining wall that originally bordered the perimeter of the 21,000- square-foot property and wound up the hill along Royal Avenue has endured the passage of time.