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I Heart 17th Ave | Our History

Experience a blend of nostalgia and pride as we reflect on the remarkable transformation of the 17th Ave area, from its modest beginnings to the dynamic corridor that now defines our city. Uncover the history and evolution of this iconic avenue with us, and let’s collectively express our love for this special area. It’s time to immerse ourselves in the charm of the 17th Ave district – a place that has truly left an indelible mark on our hearts.

 

Streetcars on 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta.”, [ca. 1912-1914], (CU173646) by Cooper, Frederick Bertram. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

Devenish apartment block, Calgary, Alberta.”, [ca. 1912], (CU1122903) by Unknown. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

Interior of Mount Royal Tea Room, Calgary, Alberta.”, 1913-1918, (CU191480) by Unknown. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

Looking east down 17th Ave SW. The Devenish Block is to left of center. Note the postman delivering mail, on the right.
17th Avenue from west of 9th Street SW, Calgary, Alberta.”, [ca. 1920s], (CU195915) by Oliver, W. J.. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

Dwellings and Devenish Apartments, 17th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta.”, 1915, (CU1116378) by Unknown. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

Tomkins gardens, Calgary, Alberta.”, [ca. 1925], (CU183739) by Oliver, W. J.. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary.

Paramount Esso service station, Calgary, Alberta.”, 1955, (CU1132121) by Rosettis Studio. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary. 17th Avenue at 8th Street SW

McCutcheon and McGill drugstore, Calgary, Alberta.”, [ca. 1912], (CU1115348) by Unknown. Courtesy of Glenbow Library and Archives Collection, Libraries and Cultural Resources Digital Collections, University of Calgary. Mount Royal Block at 801-17th Avenue SW.

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The 17th Avenue Business Improvement Area (BIA) is committed to preserving the diverse and energetic character of the area’s business community. We advocate for public safety, revitalize public spaces, implement placemaking initiatives and collaborate with City of Calgary departments to enhance economic well-being and attract new businesses, fostering a thriving and inclusive environment for all.

Our borders are from 16th Street to 2nd Street SW along 17th Ave SW and several blocks of 14th (up to 12 Ave SW), 8th Street SW (up to 14th Ave SW) and 11th Street (up to 14th Ave SW).

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