After a brief rest from excursions I was back on the case today, and what a marvelous gem Lougheed House was. The home was built in 1891 by Sir Lougheed and his wife Lady Isabella, with the restoration only completed last year for Alberta’s centennary.
There is too much to tell of the history of the house, but briefly, after Sir and Lady Lougheed died in the late 20’s, early 30’s, the house was lost from the family during the depression. It was later used by the Canadian Women’s Army Corp (CWAC) as its Currie Barracks and then by the Red Cross. After the Red Cross moved into a larger premises next door the house lay empty for fifteen years until the Historical Society of Alberta approached the City to discuss restoration.
Much of the home, despite being neglected for some time, remained in tact. There is another photo of a stained glass window, one of many, that was shipped from the east coast when the house was originally built. The front windows are the original hand blown panes and the walls have been repainted using colours from the Calciminers Handy Book, a 1907 manual on wall finishes popular for commercial and residential buildings as far back as Pompeii. There is also some of the original furniture and an exhibition on the CWAC. To say that my exploration of Lougheed House was a treat would be an understatement, I was there almost three hours soaking it all in.
I must admit it was not the same without you Reado! I dare not venture past the staff only barriers as you would have. But like all our forays into history I did partake of coffee and cake in the dining room and I acquired a copy of the Lougheed House history so I can show you some particularly fine hinges.