Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “urban

Three Verticals

Tower From Stephen Ave

Shooting from Olympic Plaza brought back memories of the medals ceremonies in 1988. I remember a shot of the Calgary Tower with my Nikon FM and a loaner Nikkor 400mm, f/2.8 (from NPS) on Kodachrome.



Art Deco On The Avenue

Art Deco Storefront

The neon store front on Kane’s Harley Cafe on Ninth Avenue caught my eye. Kane’s moved their Harley Davidson dealership out of this building in the 1990’s and into the former liquor store behind them. They then renovated and created a classic diner. We haven’t eaten here in quite a while, and it might be time to go back and sample their wares. As I recall their burgers are particularly good.

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The Nash

The Nash

The National Hotel was a landmark watering hole back in the day. The three storey structure was constructed in 1907 and was once owned by A.E. Cross (one of the Big Four, the founders of the Calgary Stampede) as an outlet for products from his Calgary Brewing and Malting Company, six blocks down Ninth Avenue. The building has long been the subject of condo project/renovation which has since been stalled. It is now home only to a family of birds, one who is just arriving to feed the nestlings. The yellow brick is unusual in Calgary architecture, and I liked the red brick accents.

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Old Wood

Burn Block

On a recent wander with my friend Mike Fitton, we went exploring down in the Inglewood district of Calgary, Alberta Canada. Inglewood is one of the oldest parts of Calgary, following Ninth Avenue South East, east of the Elbow River to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary.

Many of the old buildings have architectural features not seen in today’s construction. I spotted the wood details in this half circle transom window. The fine milled hardwoods have seen better days. The glass is cracked and in need of cleaning. I like how older buildings all have names and they put the name and the number on a shield above the door.

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