A floral arabesque tapestry hung from the ceiling.
Historic textile at Government House

After Lieutenant Governor Bowen moved out in 1942, Alberta Public Works held an auction of furnishings that remained in Government House. A search continues to this day to locate items that were sold off during the auction.

In 1975, the Government House Act was passed, mandating the collection, preservation and exhibition of furnishings, archival material and works of art that were original to the House. At the same time, a permanent Government House art collection was established. It now includes more than 200 historic and contemporary pieces, providing a broad survey of significant Alberta art.

Do you have something from the auction?

The Alberta government seeks to acquire items that were sold in the 1942 auction, as these represent an important part of the history of Government House. Help us find these collection items