Throwback Thursdays: Clarence and Tribune Blocks

Today’s Throwback Thursday looks at two more historic buildings in Downtown Calgary’s Stephen Avenue Walk, located right next to each other: Clarence Block and Tribune Block.

Clarence Block, located at 120 – 8 Avenue SW, was originally built in 1890 and named after building owner Senator James Lougheed’s son Clarence, but a fire on Christmas Day in 1899 razed the building.  The current incarnation of Clarence Block was rebuilt and opened in February 1901, and was designed by William Dodd, designer of Calgary’s City Hall.

At one time, it housed the law office of Lougheed and his partner R.B. Bennett, who eventually became Prime Minister of Canada, as well as Max Aitken (Lord Beaverbrook) and John E. Brownlee, premier of Alberta from 1925-1935.  It has also housed a McNally Robinson Booksellers location, and most recently is the downtown location of Sport Chek.

Tribune Block, located at 118 – 8 Avenue SW, was built in 1892 and is named after having briefly served as the home of one of Alberta’s first newspapers, the Calgary Tribune (a forerunner of The Albertan and the Calgary Sun).

From 1907-1919, Charles Traunweiser owned the building and ran it as the Hub Cigar Store, Billiards Room and Traunweiser’s Bowling Alley.  In recent days, it has housed restaurants such as Ben Venuto, the Tribune Restaurant & Bar, and most recently, the TRIB Steakhouse.

That’s it for this week’s Throwback Thursday.  Tune in next week and every week in 2012 for more glimpses into the past of Downtown Calgary.

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What’s Happening at Stampede Park: January 16 – 22

This week features the return of NLL action to the Saddledome as the Calgary Roughnecks play their first home game of the 2012 season, as well as the return of the Calgary Wedding Fair.

Details on that and more here:

  • WHL Hockey:  The Calgary Hitmen play thrice this week at the Scotiabank Saddledome.  First, the Hitmen take on the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday, January 18 and the Prince George Cougars on Friday, January 20.  Both games start at 7 p.m.  Finally, the Hitmen take on the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday, January 22 at 4 p.m.  Tickets to all three games are available through Ticketmaster.
  • NLL Lacrosse: The Calgary Roughnecks’ 2012 home opener is this week against the Colorado Mammoth at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, January 21 at 7 p.m.  Tickets for the game are available through Ticketmaster.
  • Calgary Wedding Fair:  Ease some of the pressure of planning a beautiful wedding by attending the Calgary Wedding Fair where you can compare, taste, touch and see what top wedding specialists in the Calgary area have to offer, all in one place!  Sunday, January 22 in the BMO Centre.  Tickets available at the door and online.

Did you know that 2012 is the Calgary Stampede’s centennial?  There will be festivities and other celebrations happening all over the place throughout the year to help celebrate 100 years of the Calgary Stampede and show why We’re Greatest Together, so make sure to sign up to become a Stampede Insider for first-access to exclusive news, contests and other insider information, and be sure to keep an eye on our official Twitter account at @calgarystampede and our official Facebook fan page for giveaways, special announcements, and more! Finally, make sure to visit our website and continue to tune into the official Stampede Blog to learn more about all of the things happening here on Park and beyond!