Sandstone City by George Webber @ Lougheed House in Feb.

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Sandstone City by George Webber @ Lougheed House in Feb.

Postby newsposter » Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:53 pm

"Sandstone City" by George Webber - February 1 - March 4, 2012

(Opening Reception, February 8th, 2012, 5:30 - 8:00 pm with Speeches at 6:00 pm. Join us for the opening reception of George Webber's photo exhibit Sandstone City. Max Foran, noted Calgary Historian, will give an opening speech and George Webber will be on hand to sell and sign copies of his new book.)

On November 7, 1886 a fast moving fire ripped through Calgary destroying many of the wooden buildings that comprised the main business district.

Shortly after, town council passed an ordinance stipulating that all major downtown buildings must be constructed of sandstone which was in abundant supply in the area.

During 2010 and 2011 George Webber wandered the city photographing the schools, churches, court houses, libraries, commercial buildings and residences built from the distinctive tawny sandstone that once earned Calgary the nickname "The Sandstone City".

The photographs were made with the legendary Holga toy camera loaded up with old fashioned film. The results are a distinctively low tech rendering of some very handsome architecture.

This exhibit is presented by Lougheed House and the Alberta Society of Artists, and will be part of Exposure Calgary 2012.
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