Front Porch Restoration – seeking donations

Historic Preservation Services is working hard to finish the restoration, but due to some set backs in sourcing materials, unexpected cost increases and the arrival of winter.. the project won’t be finished until Spring of 2013.

As our lease with the City of Calgary requires us to fundraise to restore and maintain our lovely historic building, we are currently seeking funds to complete the featured historic columns.

If you are interested in supporting the completion of this significant project by donating money to The Old Y Centre, please contact finance (at) communitywise (dot) net.  Donations of any amount are appreciated and can be made by cheque, or with paypal for charitable tax receipts.

When it’s finished, the porch will resemble it’s original 1911 design, with columns, cornices and sandstone.  Phase one of this project is made possible by funding from Alberta Historic Resources Foundation and Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission.


Multi-Office Moving Day (aka 5D Tetris)

November 17th 11:00am-6:00pm

Come lend a hand! Support your fellow CommunityWise members!

coffee, tea, lunch and dinner will be provided!

On November 17th from 11am-6pm we will be moving several organizations to new offices and welcoming a couple new organizations in as well. We need help!   This is your chance to hone your skills at five-dimensional Tetris!

Come for as little as two hours. If you have any questions please contact Philip at

Board Room, not Boring…

Orientation Wednesday October 10th at 12:30 in the Board Room

CommunityWise Resource Centre has completed our upgrades to the Board Room IT System. We have installed a number of new features that we hope will make the Board Room a more functional space for all of us. We have new speakers, a ceiling-mounted projector, a computer, webcam, microphone, and a handcrafted podium. CommunityWise would like to thank the dream team Ed, Paul and Russ for helping make this happen.

We will be holding a special orientation session on how the new system works on Wednesday October 10th at 12:30. Feel free to bring your lunch and we might even Skype with someone far away!


The Old Y building is an excellent and early example of sandstone and brick structure built in the Georgian Revival architectural style. The building manifests this style most clearly in its symmetrical front facade and strong emphasis upon a prominent, central entrance featuring both sidelights and fanlight. Other elements of the style include the building’s multi-pane sash windows, porch, and eaves ornamented with dentils.

The character-defining elements of the old Y.W.C.A. Building include such features as:

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  • mass, form, scale, and style
  • hip roof featuring central pediment with dentils and chimneys with decorative detailing
  • entablature, cornices on the upper floor and second storey, and dentillated eaves
  • red brick facade and sandstone quoins, sills, pilasters, keystones, string courses and decorative inlays
  • rough-faced sandstone foundation
  • arched front entrance with decorative pillars and detailing
  • fenestration pattern and style, including symmetrical arrangement and multi-pane sashed windows
  • inset sandstone with “YWCA” and “1910” set in relief
  • ground floor porch supporting second storey balcony
  • metal fire-escape on west elevation
  • original interior elements, including the U-shape plan with central corridor on the second and third floors, and window trim
  • entrance foyer stair with balustrade and railing details
  • large meeting room in the southeast corner of the main floor with wall and ceiling wood details