September 14th, 2002

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Today I went on a walk around downtown Calgary to look at some of the historic buildings. My favorite is the Doll Block, pictured at the right. There is a bit of a story with this one. A jeweller named Louis Doll had it built early in the 20th century. Shortly after it opened in 1907, his young daughter died and he fell apart and lost interest in business. The building passed through several owners, including Birk's Jewellers. For some reason, the owners of Birk's removed the stained glass windows, which now reside in their store in one of the large indoor shopping malls downtown.
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