707 - 13 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
A 2.8 acre colonial estate might not be what you'd expect to find on the edge of downtown Calgary - but it's there, it's impressive, and its story is as deep and inspired as the city's itself.
Lougheed House was built in 1891 on what was then burgeoning Calgary territory. Commonly known as Beaulieu, or "beautiful place," the property sits proudly on what is now the beltline area of one of western Canada's largest and most influential cities. Originally, Lougheed House was home to Senator James Alexander Lougheed, Lady Isabella Hardisty Lougheed, their six children and numerous staff. Today, it's a monument to the lives of Alberta's early upper class, and the site of several transitional phases in the province's history.
Lougheed House was a social and political hub for decades, hosting the likes of royalty and government leaders alike. Whether you take in a special program, exhibit, or simply wander the extensive garden, a visit to Lougheed House is a signature element in understanding the fabric of southern Alberta.