Behind the Tower

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I took the Calgary Tower for granted when I saw it every day. Now I realize what a remarkable monument to late-sixties kitsch it really was. Built in 1967 by Husky Oil to commemorate the centennial of Canada’s confederation, its has no purpose other than as a monument — a really big monument capped by an orangey-red observation deck. It can seem grand, in a space age kind of way, when you look at it from afar, or in the midst of the downtown office district. But from other angles it just seems odd.

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This entry was written by Christopher DeWolf , posted on Tuesday February 19 2008at 11:02 pm , filed under Architecture, Canada and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

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