The Hunt House

The Hunt House is one of the oldest buildings in Alberta and is one of the few remaining structural reminders of the presence and significance of the Hudson's Bay Company in the province. The Hunt House is one of less than 25 extant buildings in Alberta constructed prior to 1882 and is also Calgary's oldest building on its original site. It remains one of only three H.B.C. buildings still standing in the province and thus provides a vital historic connection to the company that established so much of the early economy, transportation network, and social life of what would become Alberta. The building original log frame remains, although it is now hidden behind shingles. The style of the original log building expresses a rare form of construction: unlike many H.B.C. buildings, the Hunt House did not employ post-on-sill construction, but rather the dovetail corner method typical of southern Alberta and expressive of American cultural influences.


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