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By Mike Johnson on 2012-12-04 09:42:18
The mansion Stu Hart ran Stampede Wrestling from, trained and tortured wrestlers in the infamous "Dungeon" and raised his family has been designated a "heritage site", the equivalent of a landmark, and will be preserved for future generations. The home is being given that distinction due to its unique structure as well as its importance in local culture.

According to his autobiography "Lord of the Ring", Stu Hart purchased the mansion in 1951. It had originally been used as a home for orphans.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nensi commented in a statement, "It is, you know, in a city that has a short history as we do. It's important to recognize what we do have and I understand that the current owners are completely on board with that designation."

The mansion was sold in 2004 and renovated. The agreement came with a re-zoning approval that will see additional homes built on the property.

In his WWE Hall of Fame speech, Bret Hart talked lovingly of his youth growing up on the property with colorful wrestlers visiting and Ted the Wrestling Bear hibernating under the porch, licking off ice cream the Hart children let drip onto their toes.

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