McDougall Centre

Today a provincial government office and meeting space, this designated historic resource first opened its doors to students in 1907.

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Venue background

Completed in 1907, Calgary’s McDougall School was the location for the basic training of Alberta school teachers until 1945. This early 20th century 3-storey sandstone building was also one of the first major public buildings constructed in the province. Designed by Provincial Architect Allan Merrick Jeffers to reflect the Beaux-Arts style, the building was intended to make a significant statement about Alberta’s future. It is now known as McDougall Centre. This elegant structure is listed on the Alberta Register of Historic Places.

This page is intended for public information only. Any Government of Alberta inquiries to reserve meeting rooms should be submitted through government channels.

Public access

Visitors can view the building’s historic architectural details, adjacent public plaza and surrounding gardens. The public is welcome to use the botanical areas for wedding or graduation photos. Photos are best taken in the surrounding gardens.

Set-up of equipment such as tents, chairs, and such for any event is strictly prohibited unless approvals have been granted by Alberta Infrastructure ahead of time. Contact Infrastructure via email: [email protected].

Acceptable uses on the grounds of McDougall Centre are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Private functions

McDougall Centre is closed to the general public for all private events.

  • registered non-profit organizations can reserve space for events within McDougall Centre with approvals in place