Experience Guide | Tourism Medicine Hat
6 Cypress Club Built in 1907, the brick used to construct this building was locally manufactured in Medicine Hat during its budding ceramics industry. The Cypress Club of Medicine Hat , established in 1903, still resides inside. A membership must be attained to enjoy the dining room — memberships are open to anyone.
10 Turpin Block Built in 1905, it is considered to be one of the first buildings designed by architect William T. Williams after his arrival from the United States. Station Coffee Company opened inside the Turpin Block building in 2013 and has continued to serve a good cup of coffee and warm feeling when you walk through the door.
7 Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce During World War I, this branch took great pride in their staff members’ effort on the battlefield. Sgt. JC Matheson was a member of the 10th Battalion and left a heartfelt letter detailing his battalion’s role in the second Battle of Ypres. With bullet holes in his helmet, no food or water, and dying soldiers all around, he pondered, “How I ever came through is a mystery to me.” 8 Monarch Theatre Being over 100 years old, The Monarch still invites people to enjoy a film during new and annual downtown events. It was built to be a motion picture theatre and amusement house, with 560 seats, and it stands today as the oldest in Alberta. It was the first of its kind in Medicine Hat and Canada when it was built. 9 Beveridge Building The optimism during the manufacturing boom centered on natural gas and clay deposits led to the construction of several large buildings like the Beveridge Building. Many local busi nesses and organizations have come and gone throughout the years, including a clothing store, events business, bar and eatery, and speakeasy lounge.
It is little known outside of Medicine Hat, but during World War II, the city was home to Canada’s largest prisoner of war camp, which held 12,000 prisoners, more than the population of the city. One of the buildings still stands on the Medicine Hat Exhibition & Stampede grounds to this day. Find more information at the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre Archive Reference Services room. 11 Hargrave-Sissons Block This building was constructed for brothers-in-law James Hargrave and Dan Sissons, who were renowned ranchers and businessmen in the area. Hargrave-Sissons Block was originally built in 1901, with additions in 1910. Inspire Studio, Gallery, & Café moved in and opened the doors 100 years later. 12 Canadian Pacific Railway Station (CPR) There were early reports that Southern Alberta was unsuit able for agriculture, and engineer Sir Sandford Fleming originally proposed that CPR avoid Southern Alberta alto gether. If it wasn’t for a CPR decision to overturn Sandford’s decision, this Chateau-style station, one of its finest in Canada, would never have been built. This historic building and space still operates today.
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