Been there 4 times to lecture to a fine large and warmly welcoming group of intellectually stimulated and stimulating residents of Calgary, the Literary Kaleidoscope. Naked logs, stuffed beasts' heads, homey lecture rooms, a hillside view of new mansions and huge trees and free-flowing water, prints and paintings, heritage art and journals to read: it's heavenly. A good sound system is available. Subdued lighting gives the effect of candles and oil lamps, and a huge old fireplace with sumptuous mantlepiece make the upstairs hall seem ELysian.
This is an unexpected piece of restored and perfectly kept heritage simplicity refreshed, renewed, and preserved set among new and wildly sophisticated condos and homes that make this setting gorgeous and show how hard work can help keep Calgarians and their visitors feel that no matter how time flies past and how oil enriches the area, Calgary can still show its love. This center rewards history-lovers and proves Alberta can be arty, success-filled, and heritage-valuing. And, miracle of miracle's it's located in a pristine dell just 8 minutes from Calgary's hottest entertainment and dining spots, expensive hotels, great silly Tower, and unimaginably international and diversified shops (oh, er, and the terrifically busy street once named "Ugliest street in Canada"). Don't miss the Memorial Building and its view -- you get a fine guide, as is the Lougheed House to how well pioneers in Western Canada's prairies and foothills lived and built their lives from the wilderness ... once upon a time.
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