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Spotlight on: An Iconic Calgary Structure - Stuart Block

7th Avenue SW, Calgary Alberta

The 100 block of 7th Avenue SW is steeped in Calgary history.  Located on the south side of 7th Avenue between Centre Street and 1 Street SW, this area houses six historic properties and is as old as some of Calgary's oldest institutions like the Calgary Stampede and the Calgary Public Library.

From 1900 to 1914, this area was transformed from a lightly-developed residential area to an important commercial hub.  This area has seen Calgary Stampede and Calgary Stampeder Grey Cup parades and was even part of the motorcade route for the Prince of Wales' visit in 1919.

When 8th Avenue SW was redeveloped into Stephen Avenue Mall (later Stephen Avenue Walk) back in 1969, the area as a commercial hub started to decline, and continued on when 7th Avenue SW was converted to become the LRT's downtown corridor in 1980.

One of the shows at this year's High Performance Rodeo concentrates on the stories of one of the six historic buildings found on this stretch of 7th Avenue SW, Stuart Block.

Stuart Block

Built in 1911 by T.R. Stuart, Stuart Block originally housed the T.R. Stuart & Co. Hardware Store.

The upper two floors of the building are divided into apartments which still exist today, and it is here where some of the most interesting stories of High Performance Rodeo's The Eviction of Stuart Block are found.

Home to some of the most eclectic gatherings of Calgarians imaginable, the space now sits empty.  A collective of professional artists and homeless Calgarians come together to explore a hundred years of evictions in this new, live radio play presented in partnership with the This Is My City Festival.

Through the use of comedy, drama, music and new visual art, travel across the decades while witnessing first-hand accounts of tennants spending the last few minutes in their homes before being evicted from Stuart Block, celebrating their time there and mourning their loss.

The Eviction of Stuart Block takes place on Thursday, January 5 at 7 p.m. at the John Dutton Theatre in the Central Branch of the Calgary Public library.

Admission is pay-what-you-can at the door, cash only, making it a great value and a great way to kick off this year's High Performance Rodeo!

If you're passionate about Calgary, want to learn more about an important part of Calgary's history, or just want a taste of the sort of unique and innovative shows that you'll be able to catch at this year's High Performance Rodeo, make sure to check out The Eviction of Stuart Block.

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