‘Randon Calgary’

Ogden Hotel
“In 1912, the CPR built Canada’s second-largest train-repair facility in Odgen, prompting a subsidiary of the Calgary Brewing and Malting Company to invest in a 64-bedroom classical-revival hotel, complete with a bowling alley, billiard room and large bar room. Ogden was poised to become the epicentre of a real-estate boom, except what went boom first was artillery overseas in Europe. With the outbreak of the First World War, the beer company donated the use of the hotel to the Alberta Red Cross, which transformed it into Alberta’s first military convalescent hospital. The province purchased the building in 1935, putting it to work as a hostel for the unemployed from the Depression right through the late ’60s. Renamed the Alyth Lodge in 1970, the building has provided low-cost housing ever since.” – Calgary Herald

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