Cliff Bungalow School
Photo by Bill Longstaff
The next Heritage Round Table is on Thursday at the Cliff Bungalow–Mission Community Association. In keeping with our Century Homes theme, we will be hearing presentations on how to identify the style of your home from David Monteyne of the U of C Faculty of Environmental Design, how to photograph your century home from photographer James McMenamin and historic paint colours and sampling with heritage consultant Laura Pasacreta. If you have a picture of your home, you can bring it along for a “What style is it?” consultation with the experts.
The Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association is at 2201 Cliff Street SW in the historic Cliff Bungalow School. The program is on June 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and there will be refreshments, of course. You can find out more on the Century Homes website www.centuryhomes.org
I think just the opportunity to see this beautiful old school would be reason enough to come, but the speakers will be the icing on the cake.
This is proving to be a very popular program and it is filling up fast. Get you registration in today, if you’d like to hear these great presentations.
A Beautiful Century Home as Photographed by James McMenamin
The Round Table was a roaring success. Over 100 people attended. Here is what happened, thanks to our summer library student, Melissa:
On Thursday, June 21, Calgary Public Librariy was pleased to attend the Heritage Round Table hosted by Calgary Heritage at the Cliff Bungalow–Mission Community Association.
David Monteyne, Associate Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Environmental Design, began the evening with a presentation about various residential architectural styles from Calgary’s early boom. The two-story home in the photograph below is one example of the homes that would have been available for purchase a century ago from the Sear’s Modern Homes Mail Order Catalogue. This architectural splendor would have sold for only $1277!
Modern Home No. c187, The Sherbourne, from the Sears Modern Homes Mail Order Catalog 1913 to 1922
Professor Monteyne also concluded the evening with a “What style is it?” consultation for those attendees who brought along pictures of their century homes to help them identify the style of their homes.
Following Professor Monteyne’s presentation on architectural style, architectural photographer James McMenamin discussed how to photograph century homes. While this was less of a technical demonstration, McMenamin provided helpful hints on lighting considerations, on selecting photographic angles, and on how to position objects in architectural photographs. Some helpful hints include: 1) If there are objects, such as a tree or a flag pole in your yard, be sure to include the entire object; and 2) Try to take pictures of your home in soft lights rather than hard lights, such as the sun, which create dark shadows. Examples of McMenamin’s photography can be viewed at: http://www.jamesmcmenamin.com/.
The presentations for the Round Table concluded with Heritage Consultant and Historic Archaeologist at Donald Luxton, Laura Pasacreta, who discussed historic paint colours and paint sampling of century homes. If you have a century home and you are interested in having your paint sampled to establish its original colour, contact Ms. Pasacreta at email@example.com.
For more information on the Century Homes project, visit http://centuryhomes.ca, or follow them on twitter @CenturyHomesYYC or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CenturyHomesCalgary