Calgary finally unveils newly-restored City Hall after 3 years of construction
After three long years disguised by a printed-to-scale image, the restoration of Calgary’s historic City Hall building is finally complete!
This morning, in a ceremony led by Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the 109-year-old sandstone beauty was unveiled to the public. According to the city, the $34.1 million project was essential to ensure that the building would stand for another century, and with a price tag like that, we sure hope it does!
The venture was approved back in 2015 and has created 233 full-time jobs over the last four years – which is nice! That’s a heck of a lot more then HGTV told us it takes to reno a space, but this certainly was no simple ‘fixer-upper’.
Out of respect for the original design, the city actually had to import 1,350 tonnes of sandstone brick from Spain, Poland, and Ohio. All of which replaced the old, deteriorating exterior. Wowza.
In addition to this, the verandas and balconies were restored. They also replaced the roof and reinforced the cupola, rehabilitated the window frames, added exterior perimeter lighting, and maybe most importantly, they had to restabilized the clock tower; which actually began leaning away from the building. Good catch, guys!
As we expected, the results are incredible and we’re sure it will be appreciated by the generations to come. If you’d like to take a look for yourself, for sure do it! – Just no touchy-touchy! Those individually treated bricks are as good as new and should stay that way until the end of the opening day at the very least.
Check it out, Calgary!
Where: 800 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary