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The North-West Travellers Building

The North-West Travellers Building
The North-West Travellers Building, 515 - 1 Street SE, Calgary, Alberta

Information from:
www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=5108

The North-West Travellers Building is a four-storey red brick building in the Edwardian Classical Style built in 1912. It is located on one city block at First Street and Fifth Avenue SW in downtown Calgary.

The North-West Travellers Building is significant as a structural representation of Calgary's role as a district metropolis in the early twentieth century, and of its civic and cultural landscape through the interwar period. It is also important for its association with the North West Travellers Association of Canada.

The North-West Travellers Building reflects the evolving commercial relationships between the booming city of Calgary and its rural hinterland, and between Alberta and the rest of Canada at the turn of the twentieth century. Due to its proximity to the transcontinental rail line after 1883, Calgary became the primary regional centre for the distribution of manufactured goods. Agents based in Calgary, acting for businesses in central Canada, would travel through south-central Alberta to display samples and take orders from retailers. The Northwest Commercial Travellers Association of Canada (N.W.C.TA.) was a Winnipeg-based organization of these "commercial men," which built the North-West Travellers Building to house - and placate - the N.W.C.T.A.'s Alberta branch (founded 1905, the same year as the province). It included "sample rooms" for display and space for socializing, notably the short-lived (1914-16) Commercial Club on the fourth floor.

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