Montreal artist with Alberta roots, Raymond Biesinger, has generously partnered with CHI to offer his new Art Print: 19 Lost Buildings of Calgary to our heritage community.

Details: Open edition 17×22″ art print on Epson Ultra Premium 192 GSM Enhanced Matte paper. Dimensions include a 0.5″ margin. Signed and dated on reverse. This print is archival.

Sale Dates:  CHI has a limited number of prints available – order today to avoid being disappointed.

CHI will contact you by email to arrange pickup.

Price: $40.00 each. Ordering through CHI saves you the GST!
50% of the sale price goes to CHI to help offset the costs of our operations.

How to Order:
1. Online via PayPal/Credit Card:

2. Interac email money transfer to Include “Art Print”, number ordered, your name and email address in the message box of the e-transfer.


3. Mail a cheque to Calgary Heritage Initiative Society
c/o 1638 Broadview Road NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3H1
Include “Art Print”, number ordered, your name and email address.

Questions about the sale?  email and indicate “Art Print” in the subject box.

Raymond’s art print was featured in Swerve Magazine, March 23, 2018
For more information about the artist, visit

Included in the image:

1. Hotel York (1930-2007, an Edwardian commercial-style hotel bulldozed for the present-day Bow tower, its carved stone top currently sits in storage)

2. Capitol Theatre (1921-1972, would often deploy sculptural, street-front, movie adversing, was demolished shortly after its neighbour the York Hotel)

3. The Cecil Hotel (1912-2015, one of Calgary’s last pre-WWI hotels, often described as “seedy”)

4. Fire Hall No. 1 (1887-1911, built immediately after the downtown-destroying fire of 1886 that officially ended “wooden” Calgary and started “sandstone” Calgary)

5. The Canadian Pacific Railway Station (1893-1966, neighbour to the Palliser Hotel, it stood on the same parcel of land currently occupied by the Calgary Tower)

6. Telstar Drug (1962-2006, a family pharmacy with space age rocket-and-satellite sign)

7. The Summit Sheraton Hotel (1965-1989, a short-lived example of 60s modern construction, complete with rotating restaurant)

8. Hull House (1905-1970, former home of the Glenbow Museum, located on 12th Ave. and 5th St. SW)

9. Art Central (1928-2013, previously a grocery store, in 2004 it began to house artist studios and artistic shops)

10. Moravian Church (1902-1970s, a tiny wooden structure levelled into a parkade)

11. Land Titles Office (1911-1970, built to be completely fireproof, it made way for the current Court of Queen’s Bench)

12. The Hull Opera House (1893-1963, functioned as a 1000-seat opera house until 1906, when it was converted into retail and residential units)

13. Robin Hood Flour Mills (1910-1973, demolished to make room for Gulf Canada Square)

14. Westbourne Baptist Church (1910s-2017, “the spiritual home of premier William Aberhart, co-founder of the Social Credit Party of Alberta, which dominated Alberta’s legislature from 1935 to 1971”)

15. The Herald Building (1913-1972, housed the Calgary Herald from 1913-1932)

16. St. George’s Island Bandstand (1911-1949)

17. Burns Manor (1901-1956, maybe best described as a neo-gothic Scottish castle, its medieval tower sported the Burns family crest in carved stone)

18. The Canadian Pacific Railway Dept. of Natural Resources (1911-1966, headquarters of CPR’s efforts to exploit the southern prairies’ natural resources, it too stood on the same parcel of land currently occupied by the Calgary Tower)

19. Alexander Corner (1890-1929, had a very similarly designed “twin” across the street, was destroyed to make way for the 1920 expansion of the Hudson’s Bay building)