Barron Building denied historical designation

A historical piece of Calgary architecture has been denied historic designation.

In April, the CREBNow real estate news reported Alberta’s Culture Minister Heather Klimchuk was intending to make an order that the Barron Building on Eighth Avenue SW be designated a Provincial Historic Resource.

“The reasons for the designation are as follows: The Barron Building has heritage significance as an excellent example of early high rise architecture in Alberta and for its incorporation of both Moderne and early International styles,” stated the Alberta Gazette, a Government of Alberta newspaper. “It is also significant for its role in solidifying Calgary as the de facto headquarters of Alberta’s oil industry.”

Today, it was announced the building would not in fact receive that designation allowing owners Strategic Group to modify the building.

Comments in social media in response to the decision (from a story by Calgary Herald writer Jason Maruksoff) included:

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