The Calgary Heritage Initiative Society (CHI pronounced "chee") is a grassroots member-based organization dedicated to the preservation, productive use, and interpretation of buildings and sites of historic and architectural interest in Calgary. We are volunteer advocates who want to share our city’s built heritage with fellow Calgarians and future generations.

CHI was founded in 2005 and the following year was registered as a non-profit society in the province of Alberta.

What we’ve accomplished so far…

CHI is a past recipient of the Calgary Heritage Authority’s Lions Award for Advocacy and Awareness

CHI has partnered with other organizations on projects of mutual interest:

  • Century Homes Calgary, winner of the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming (2012)
  • Heritage Round Tables, topical forums on community engagement, repurposing buildings, heritage trades and traditional building materials

CHI has advanced public awareness through:

  • Plaque sponsorship: At the Stanley Residence, childhood home of the creator of the Canadian flag
  • Architectural tours: The Brutalist Bus Tour, Endangered Buildings, Sandstone Schools and Historic Mission 
  • Educational programs: Demystifying Designation and Researching Your Historic Home
  • Media exposure

CHI has helped preserve buildings like the historic McHugh house in the Beltline

CHI has advocated for municipal and/or provincial protection of:

  • The Calgary Brewing and Malting Company buildings
  • The Barron Building
  • The Enoch Sales House
  • Eamon’s Bungalow Camp
  • Century Gardens 
    …among others

CHI is the citizens’ voice for built heritage preservation in Calgary