The Lougheed House has become one of Calgary’s most well known and beautiful homes from our past. I have a bit of personal experience with the Lougheed House because when I was just eight years old, my pal Danny O’Keefe brought me there after school. Danny was a small boy, and had is hair cut Mohican style, so he was quite an interesting picture. His Dad was the maintenance man there, and the position provided for a tiny suite in the lower quarters on the south side. I still remember the amazement that one of my friends would be living in this awesome home.
The sandstone Lougheed House is located at 707 13th Avenue SW. Calgary. It is open for viewing 11 to Friday from 11 AM to 4 PM and weekends from 10 AM to 4 PM. Best give them a call at 403-204-6333 before showing up just in case this changes.
The Lougheed House is name after its original owner, the Senator James Alexander Lougheed, and his wife Lady Isabella, along with their two children in 1891. At that time, the location was Southwest of Calgary in the bald prairie, although today the community is known as Connaught.
The home has been used by the Canadian Red Cross as a collection centre for their blood bank. In 2005, Lougheed House was declared a public Heritage Centre and is beautifully restored.
The Lougheed House still sits on its original 2.8 Acre Estate Grounds. To the North is the infamous Ranchman Club and the new Calla Condominium Project is just breaking ground Southeast of the site (October 3, 2011).