The Inventory of Evaluated Historic Resources
(Inventory) is the cornerstone of the Calgary Heritage Authority's mandate to identify, protect and manage. It is a comprehensive database, which lists historic resources in Calgary and includes extensive individualized research files supporting the identification of the resources' "significance." The evaluation and recommendation of historic resources for placement on the Inventory is performed by the CHA's Evaluation and Review Committee.
The CHA evaluates and add potential heritage resources such as buildings and landscapes to the Inventory based on expert research and analysis and City staff inputs. Evaluations of significance are based on a rigorous framework and set of predetermined criteria approved by the City Council. It's important to note that the CHA is a citizen's body operating at arms length from City administration, which insures the integrity of the inventory in several ways. For example a committee of many individuals dilutes personal bias for any one property or architectural type and also allows decisions to be made independent of other competing processes. The E&R Committee makes recommendations for listening on the Inventory but does not have you started to make decisions with respect to legal protection
Properties are identified for potential evaluation through a nomination process, with nominations being brought forward from many sources including community partners such as the Calgary Heritage Initiative (CHI), City staff, Property owners and other interested parties. The E&R Committee collaborates with City staff to prioritize the evaluation work plan because the number of properties nominated in any given year exceeds the funding available for evaluations.
Experts then do field visits and perform extensive research of primary and secondary sources such as land titles, building permits, fire insurance plans, tax assessment rolls, photographs, blueprints and drawings, newspaper accounts, City directories, architectural references, interviews and written and oral history. This information is summarized in historic resource evaluation form. The framework uses nine predetermined value criteria for significance, including: activity, event, institution, the person/people, design, style, construction, landmark and symbolic.
City staff review and performance index quality control on all a valuation forms and summarize research to ensure accuracy and completeness and overall integrity. The E&R Committee reviews the evaluation documents for community or citywide significance against the criteria and ultimately recommends to the CHA which properties it should be added to the inventory or what further research and analysis may be required before a conclusion can be reached.
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