During Calgary’s pre-World War I boom, Hillhurst-Sunnyside develped as a working-class, largely Anglo-Saxon suburb with British street names such as Essex Street, Gladstone Road, Kensington Avenue and Norfolk Street. Many of these names soon gave way to numbers, and Norfolk Street was renamed 10 1/2 Street, and eventually 10A Street NW.
Originally a brick veneer residence, built in 1911 by developer John Smith, the building then housed a series of working class tenants beginning with carpenter John H. Bathgate. In 1925 the house was sold to Italian-born Salvatore Cozzubbo, who owned a confectionery and ice cream parlour in the nearby Hillhurst Block. Rosaria Cuzzubbo lived in the house for twenty years after her husband’s death in 1932.
In 1983, both the original house and the 62 year-old duplex to the south were redeveloped as a restaurant and pub.
Municipal Heritage Designation Smith (Cozzubbo) Residence
In 2016, during the rezoning of 1134-1160 Memorial Drive NW (now the Memorial Drive project by Anthem), the small brick house on the NW corner of the larger building was designated as a Municipal Heritage Resource.
The Smith (Cozzubbo) Residence represents the early development phase of the community. The area was a distinctly working-class suburb comprising residents that built and occupied modest but attractive houses, such as the Smith Residence.
You can learn more about this heritage building on the City of Calgary heritage page for this designated building, here.