April 10, 2013 4:32 pm
Updated: April 10, 2013 4:44 pm

GALLERY: City designates Hart House a historical property


CALGARY- A Calgary landmark that was once home to a famous wrestling clan will now be preserved as a historical property.

On Wednesday, a city committee voted to ensure the Crandell-Hart House, a mansion in the southwest community of Patterson Heights, will stay put. The 5600 square foot home was built back in 1905, and housed Stu Hart, his wife and their 12 children.

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Its most famous feature is the famous ‘dungeon,’ where famous wrestlers including Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart honed their craft. The arts-and-crafts style home also has 22 rooms, four fireplaces, five chandeliers and a vault.

Stu Hart paid $25,000 for the three-storey home in 1951. It was eventually scooped up by Dario Berloni, who listed the property for $5 million in 2010—complete with a development permit to construct condos on the surrounding land.

Chesapeak Uncommon Design was recently given approval to build a new community around the property, in exchange for preserving the home, which will be restored as a private residence.

Global News took a tour of the Hart House back in 2010, watch the video below:

Councillor Richard Pootmans says the home serves as a tourist attraction.

“One of the things we are very grateful for by the owner of the new development that surrounds it, is sightlines will be preserved,” he says. “There will be an interpretive panel at the front of the home, so those that want to come by to get a look-see at the famous Hart home will have that opportunity.”

The mansion will not be open to the public.

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