The Old And The New
The Bow Building towers over the Clarence Block. The Bow is Calgary’s newest skyscraper, finished this year, it is the the tallest building west of Toronto. It was designed by Foster + Partners from London, UK. They won the Stirling Prize for architecture in 2004 for 30 St Mary Axe also known as “The Gherkin”.
Compare that to the Clarence Block rebuilt in 1901 by James Lougheed the grandfather of former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed. After a fire that destroyed the original 1892 building on Christmas Day1900, Senator Lougheed vowed to rebuild immediately. The new building was designed by William Dodd (who also designed City Hall) and opened by February 1901!
In the best light…