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28th November to 1st December 2019

The Mawson Plan

April 2019 | Calgary Central Library

In 1913 British architect Thomas Hayton Mawson was hired to design Calgary. His vision became known as a “Paris on the Prairies” or “Vienna on the Bow”. His plans were breathtaking with impressive gardens, wide thoroughfares and grandiose buildings.When war was declared in 1914, his plans were shelved and ultimately forgotten.

Art Calgary artists were asked "What if?" They presented their visions of how our city might have turned out if Mr. Mawson’s plans for a European Calgary were undertaken; if the Stampede didn’t become a sensation, forever associating our city with the “old west”; if the Great War and the Great Depression didn’t halt his plan in its tracks. What might have been?