December 4, 2012
Calgary's famous Hart House to be declared a heritage site
By RENATO GANDIA - Calgary Sun
The city and current owners of the Hart mansion have signed an agreement that will see the residence declared a heritage site.
Ian Cope, with the Calgary Planning Commission, told council that the necessary documents supporting the 107-year-old home in Patterson Heights be declared a heritage site have been signed in time for a land-use re-designation hearing Monday.
The Hart House was home to Stu and Helen Hart’s extensive family that was made world famous for their accomplishments in professional wrestling.
The 520-square-metre home, sits on 0.89 hectare of land, was built in 1905 by businessman Edward Crandell.
It was converted into the Soldiers’ Children’s Home for Orphans in 1920 and then bought by Judge Henry Stuart Patterson from the Crandells.
The three-storey brick house was sold to Stu Hart in 1951 and the family owned the house until they sold it in 2004.
The Harts maintained twenty-two rooms, four fireplaces, five chandeliers from Edmonton’s historic McDonald Hotel, two porches, a view of downtown Calgary, and a coach house behind the main building.
Mayor Naheed Nenshi said the quality of the building itself and the history it has played locally are two obvious reasons why the home is being declared a heritage site.
“The building itself is really something quite remarkable,” he said.
“In a city that has such a short history as we do, it’s important to recognize what we do have.
“I understand that the current owners are completely on board with that designation.”
Cope said the agreement was signed last Friday and council was told Monday.
Dario Berloni, the current owner of the mansion, has spent $1.3 million to restore it.
To defray the cost of that restoration, Berloni wants to build a nearby housing complex comprised of nine units, which the city approved.
Some residents in the area initially agreed with the redevelopment, but they objected to the project when they later heard that the nine units would include secondary suites.
Residents said parking would become a problem if those residences were built with nanny or in-law suites.