19 Lost Buildings of Calgary 17x22” print ($60 CAD)
This is a 19-point chart showing Calgary buildings of architectural, cultural, or social importance, all of which were bulldozed or burned out of existence between 1911 and 2017. The Summit Sheraton Hotel (1965-1989) is a perfect example of one of my favourite kinds of lost buildings: 1960s structures that were designed to look futuristic, but were made badly, aged quickly, and generally demolished within a few short decaades. There’s an irony there. The Sheraton also gets bonus incongruity points for having been crowned with an enormous country-style “S” sign. Other favourites in this print: the Cecil Hotel, Art Central (RIP), and the Hull Opera House’s flying buttresses. I’m also a sucker for the Scottish-baronial Burns Manor. Printed in an open edition, signed and dated on reverse.