The recent sale of a 113-year-old mansion in Victoria Park has reignited passionate pleas to save one of Calgary’s only remaining examples of the stylish homes that graced the once ritzy neighbourhood long ago.
“I will legitimately tie myself to the front of that building before that building gets torn down,” area Coun. Evan Woolley said of the so-called Enoch Sales house.
For at least a decade, wood has covered the windows and doors of the two-storey Queen Anne Revival-style home on 12th Avenue, built for successful businessman Enoch Samuel Sales in 1904.
The yellow residence on a large parking lot near Macleod Trail is not legally protected as a municipal historic resource and has, in recent years, been rocked by flood and squatters, and fallen into disrepair.
Earlier this month, the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. (CMLC), a subsidiary of the city, purchased the nearly two-acre piece of land and the Enoch Sales home that sits on the parcel from an undisclosed numbered company.
Susan Veres, a senior vice-president at the city’s land agency, said it’s yet to be determined how the Enoch Sales home will fit in a new master plan for Victoria Park, set to be unveiled later this year.
“We’ve just completed a structural report on the house, which says there’s no structural soundness to the building at all,” Veres said.
“We’d like to see, somehow, the house form a new vision for the block, but I…
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