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Heritage Covenants and Preservation: The Calgary Civic Trust

Edited by Michael McMordie and , Frits Pannekoek, With, Anne E. English,, Kimberly Haskell, and , Sally Jennings

$34.95 CAD / $39.95 USD (S)

260 pages, 57 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

Hardback: 1552381331

Paperback: 978-1-55238-133-5

Library PDF: 978-1-55238-362-9


An examination of heritage covenants as a solution for complex politically and emotionally charged clashes over heritage preservation, paying special attention to Calgary’s heritage buildings and the Calgary Civic Trust.

More and more heritage buildings are threatened or destroyed as urban development and revitalization projects clash with preservation efforts. With urban planners, government officials, and preservation activists increasingly at odds, stakeholders in these emotionally and politically charged debates have arrived at what is potentially a solution that can satisfy all parties in these complex equations.

Heritage covenants are a complex legal instrument involving the sale or donation of a heritage interest to a not-for-profit organization or government agency. In an unprecedented initiative, the Calgary Civic Trust brought together experts and leaders on heritage covenants from Canada, Great Britain, and the United States to discuss the future of this unique preservation instrument.

The result of this meeting, Heritage Covenants and Preservation is an in-depth examination of heritage covenants as a sophisticated aspect of heritage preservation that pays specific attention to their use and potential use in Calgary.

About the Editors

Michael McMordie is professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Calgary.

Frits Pannekoek is president of Athabasca University and has written widely on preservation issues.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Acknowledgements

Covenants: An Introduction

Workshop: An Introduction

Section 1: The International Context

1. The British Experience
Tim Butler

2. The American Experience
Paul Edmondson

Section 2: Canadian Precedents

3. Ontario Precedents
Jeremy Collins

4. The Preservation and Planning Context in Alberta
Larry Pearson

5. The Calgary Context
Rob Graham

Section 3: Financial and Legal Considerations

6. Tax Implications: Financial and Legal Considerations
Marc Denhez

7. Heritage Canada Policy: The Canadian Tax Context
Doug Franklin

8. Calculating the Market Value: Appraisal Methods
Jason Ness

Session 4: Discussion

9. A Review of Key Issues and Design of a Covenant

Michael McMordie

10. Realities of the Development Industry: The Impact of Covenanting on Development—A Panel Discussion

11. Stewardship through Covenanting: Moving Forward