Calgary Buildings & Towers
At 190 metres (626 feet) in height, this was once the tallest building in Calgary's skyline. The Observation Terrace offers panoramic views of the city, and a glass floor allows visitors to stand 160 metres (525 feet) above the street. Also located at the top of the tower is a gift shop, Tops Bar and Grill and the revolving Panorama Dining Room, open for lunch and dinner. The tower and the observation deck are open daily. The Tourism Calgary Information Centre is located at the base of the Tower.
Eighth Avenue Place is two towers in downtown Calgary that will provide over 1.8 million sq ft of commercial office space for Calgary’s growing business community. It is located between 8th and 9th Avenues and 4th and 5th Streets Southwest over the old Penny Lane Mall location. The towers offer views of the Rocky Mountains and feature floor to ceiling glass allowing for ample natural light. Some the amenities found here include a public winter garden, restaurants, conference centre, fitness centre, Plus 15 skywalk connections and more.
The Big Four Building is located at Stampede Park in Calgary, AB. It hosts many different events throughout the year.
The Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre is one of the largest cultural centres in Canada. Within, the centre features an art gallery, a museum and several businesses. The building also boasts a central dome that was designed to resemble the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. The building is open daily.
Located in the downtown Calgary, the TELUS Convention Centre is a premier convention facility with 68,000 sq. ft exhibit space, 20,000 sq. ft banquet hall and 24 meeting rooms.
Memorial Park Building
Built in 1912, the Memorial Park Building has a Classical design with strong influences from the Beaux-Arts tradition. The first floor of the building contains one of 17 branch libraries in the Calgary Public Library system, while the second floor is inhabited by Alliance Francaise.
James Short Park & Cupola
Formerly the site of the James Short School, this small city park was created in 1991. A historic cupola on the corner supports an 1880s time piece and the structure showcases plaques and photographs of some of Calgary's original buildings. The park is also home to the semi-circular Sun Life Plaza Plus 15 Bridge which is part of the extensive Plus 15 Skywalk system.
Simmons Building is a heritage building that was originally built in 1912. It is also known as the Simmons Factory Warehouse and is known for its long-term association with Simmons Canada, a nationwide bedding manufacturing company. The building is a two-storey brick structure. It sits on the bank of the Bow River, in front of the RiverWalk Plaza. The building has now been refurbished and is now a community commercial space.
Completed in 1984, Petro-Canada Centre’s west tower is the tallest freestanding building in Western Canada. The building consists of 53 floors and stands 215 m (705 ft) tall. The east tower is 130 m (427 ft) tall and offers 33 floors. The set of towers is home to a range of companies and businesses including food retailers, medical services, and major corporations.
The McDougall Centre, circa 1906, originally served as the Calgary Normal School and was later changed to be a public school. It was designated as a historical site in 1982. The centre now operates as a conference centre and the southern headquarters for the Government of Alberta. Tours may be arranged.