*Sandstone City: A series looking at the people, architecture and culture of Calgary’s sandstone glory days
Stephen Avenue fire almost 130 years ago sparked Calgary’s sandstone era
As the Calgary Stampeders celebrated their Grey Cup win Dec. 2, little did they know they were revelling on the site of a once-tragic fire.
On Nov. 7, 1886, flames ravaged downtown Calgary, destroying about 18 buildings that ranged from hotels and barns to saloons. While no one was killed, losses added up to more than $100,000 – an astronomical sum for the times. (more…)