Thorpe House

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Hours of Operation

  • Monday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Wednesday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Thursday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Friday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Saturday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Sunday

    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exhibit Details


Village Square

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Guest Amenities

  • Wheelchair Accessible

About the Thorpe House

The Eau Claire & Bow River Lumber Company’s lumber mill, established in 1886, became Calgary’s first large industry. One of the mill’s’ workers was Bernt Thorpe, a Norwegian who had brought his family to North America. As a millwright, Thorpe would have helped plan, build, install and maintain the new mill’s machinery.

He built this folk Victorian house for his family near the other homes of the mill workers, insulating the walls with brick cement and adding decorative millwork to the porch. The family arrived with three children and had five more in Calgary, and Thorpe expanded his home several times in response to the needs of his growing family. Mrs. Lillian Jacques, the Thorpe’s youngest daughter, donated the house and funds for its restoration to Heritage Park in 1969.

Yellow building with 2 large trees infront

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1900 Heritage Dr. S.W. Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2V 2X3

Phone: 403.268.8500

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