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A Black Orchid in YYC

Heritage Calgary commissioned a research project on a historic house known as the Arthur Bishop Residence in Crescent Heights. From 1995-2000, it was also known as the Black Orchid Manor, one of Calgary’s few gay-friendly B&Bs. 

Researcher and writer Kerri Rubman discovers the hidden history of the house, in this Heritage Calgary blog post, featuring an interview with Don Bastian, an influential figure in Calgary’s gay history and one of the owners of the former Black Orchid Manor.

Don Bastian, Winner of the 1995 National Leather Association’s top title: Mr. NLA International. Photo: Stevie Anderson in CLUE! Magazine, November 1994.

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