The 1875 Fort is Coming to Calgary, Well a Replica

Last fall, the first phase of the Fort Calgary Master Plan Expansion began. Officials from various government levels participated in a sod turning to mark the event.

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The 1875 Fort is Coming to Calgary, Well a Replica

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Last fall, the first phase of the Fort Calgary Master Plan Expansion began.  Officials from various government levels participated in a sod turning to mark the event.  Now phase two has begun and is expected to be completed in 2015. Calgary is restoring the Deane House and Hunt House to replicate the 1875 fort. Here is what residents can expect.

Phase Two & Three

Phase two of the 1875 replica fort in Calgary began on October 16th as sod was turned. The goal is for Calgarians to be able to start visiting next year and experience a re-imagined version of the original 1875 NWMP fort. The land that marked the birthplace of Calgary will now hold a permanent interpreted exhibit for residents to enjoy.

Phase three of the project will involve the expansion and renovation of the interpretive centre. The interpretive centre is from 1976 and will contain a second level.

Once everything is completed, residents can learn more about Calgary’s past. The fort will be a symbol for Calgary and be an important resource for Calgarians and visitors. In 2015, all can enjoy this new chapter in Calgary’s history through the replica of the original fort.

What will the new fort look like?

Not many details have been released about the new fort yet. It will be a great representation of the original, which only stood for seven years. The only details known for sure are that there will be red LED lights decorating the fort. There will also be artwork featured by Jill Anholt which will add a composition of structure, culture and nature that will evoke memories of the time.

Look for the new fort next year next to the booming East Village where a piece of history will be added to a newer urban community in Calgary.

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