FORT CALGARY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
WORK IN PROGRESS
PUBLIC is working with Fort Calgary National Historic Site to create a more inclusive story of the land on which the fort sits. The outcome will be a completely renovated exhibit experience within a building being designed by Dialog architects. The site has deep significance to the founding of Calgary and continues to dramatically impact the lives of Indigenous people of the area. With a new focus on “the land” as well as confluence and change– the story stretches back millennia to include communities that existed long before the 1875 march west by the North West Mounted Police. Like the rivers that border Fort Calgary and ultimately converge, the interpretive centre will become a showcase for the confluence of diverse ideas and opinions.
Our work includes the design of 10,000 sf interior exhibits as well as exterior storytelling elements, including materials, cases and exhibit-elements. The multi-storey interpretive centre offers an immersive experience into the early days of Fort Calgary and beyond. The exhibit recognizes multiple interpretations of historical events. As designers, our role has been to transparently present the facts so that visitors can make their own conclusions.