April 2015 - Lougheed House

Then & Now: 10 Years Open to the Public

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Lougheed House opened to the public fully restored on May 1st, 2005. The Gardens were also beautifully recreated in 2005 by a team of volunteers. A Garden Party celebrated the hard work of restoration workers, volunteers and the Lougheed House Conservation Society. The celebration echoed the garden parties held by Lady Lougheed herself.

Celebrate our 10th Anniversary by joining us for Four Dollar Friday May 1st, 2015! Enjoy $4 admission to the House and $4 wine at The Restaurant. Costumed interpreters will be available from 11:30 a.m. until closing. To make a reservation at The Restaurant, please call (403) 410-9288. Reservations are recommended. The House is open from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The Restaurant is open from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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A garden party at Lougheed House in the early 1900s and the Garden Party opening in 2005.

Ten Interesting Facts About the Restoration of Lougheed House:

1. The House was restored as a teaching tool, with multiple “windows” installed revealing what the old coverings, wiring, plumbing and construction looked like.

2. All of the paint colors are historically accurate, along with the finishes on the woodwork.

3. A forth generation blacksmith originally from France recreated the iron work on the roof.

4. Historical artifacts were found during the restoration process, including an invitation to a 1892 fashion show, a WWII military dance ticket and Red Cross bandages.

5. A time capsule made by restoration workers with signatures and mementos in 2004 was placed in a post on the second level balustrade.

6. Lougheed House Archives were created to give students, scholars and interested visitors access to background information, photographs and documents.

7. Decisions about the flowers and shrubbery in the Gardens was once made by Lady Lougheed, but now it is made by the Society’s head gardener who leads a team of volunteers.

8. Staff and volunteers helped create period-specific garments for the interpreters to wear in order to fully immerse visitors in the building’s past.

9. Many of the Garden’s heritage perennials were donated by Calgary’s gardeners.

10. Some of the original House furnishings were returned from the 1938 auction that sold the contents of the home to the highest bidder. Many of these items came from donors who had enjoyed them for many years, and they required conservation work.



Your Town is Our Town Exhibit Opening

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The Lougheed House Gallery was packed yet again for the Opening Reception of our new exhibit “Your Town is Our Town” on March 27th. We thank everyone for coming out to support the exhibit and The Restaurant team for catering the evening. Take a look at some of the highlights!



Photographers Todd Korol, Brent Mykytyshyn, Heather Saitz joined Exhibit Curator Shelley Youngblut and Exhibit Designer Danae Thompson in celebrating the evening.


Lougheed House Conservation Society Vice Chair Joe Novak opened the evening with his remarks.


Executive Director Kirstin Evenden introduced Exhibit Curator Shelley Youngblut.


Exhibit Curator Shelley Youngblut explained the hard work involved in selecting the photographs.


Guests admiring the exhibit pieces.


Photographer Kerianne Sproule with her exhibit piece.


Thanks to everyone who made it out for giving us another full house!


Trisha and Annette

Lougheed House Curator Trisha Carleton and Gallery Manager Annette Scott were the behind-the-scenes wizards that helped make the exhibit magic happen.


New Entrance & Exit: Ramp Entrance at Southwest Corner

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Lougheed House is moving our main entrance and exit to the ramp entrance at the southwest corner of the building. This move is effective April 1st, although it is no April Fool’s joke!

The entrance and exit for The Restaurant will also be at the ramp entrance. Patrons must take the elevator to the main floor. Our admissions desk is now placed in front of the Gift Shop.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact 403 244-6333 or info@lougheedhouse.com

Thank you for your patience during this time of transition.

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