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Our latest article about the CHA Lion Awards is available below - you can also read our previous article: Saving Factories is as Important as Saving Churches": Scott Jolliffe's Fight to Preserve Calgary’s Industrial Past
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June 3, 2018
A Quarterly look at fun facts about all things relating to Calgary’s Heritage and the CHA
by: Lauren Herschel
Every two years, the CHA hosts the Lion Awards in recognition of individuals and organizations who have championed heritage conservation in Calgary. This year the Lion Awards will be held at The Palace Theatre on Thursday, August 2
The Lion Awards were started in 2003 and are named for the Centre Street Bridge lions, sculpted locally in 1916 and installed in 1917. The bridge and the beloved 12, 600 kg lions were designated a municipal historic resource in 1992. Award recipients receive a (much smaller and lighter) replica of the lion ornaments.
The Lion Awards focus on five key areas of importance:
The preservation of a heritage building through repair, restoration or adaptive reuse of a structure or feature.
Communities, groups or individual heritage related projects designed to enhance the public realm including streetscapes, public art, banner and signage programs.
Maintenance and restoration of heritage landscape features including the conservation of landscape resources, contributions that support heritage landscape conservation, and the restoration, conservation, or celebration of archaeological sites.
Advocacy & Awareness:
Individuals or groups advocating or promoting the conservation of a heritage site or increasing public awareness of heritage issues.
Heritage Trades & Crafts:
Individual or team recognition for trades and craft professionals as they relate to a heritage conservation project.
Award recipients are selected by a committee of volunteers from the community. Past award winners include Alberta Champions Society, Historic Calgary Week, cSpace King Edward Arts Hub & Incubator, Avenue Magazine writer Andrew Guilbert, Poppy Plaza, Cliff Bungalow-Mission History Book and projects like the work done to modernize the Simmons Building in East Village.
Join us on August 2 to celebrate our history with a night of socializing, food and cocktails. Details and tickets (only $10!) are available for purchase here
More information about the Lion Awards
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