Revitalizing Sites - Mixed Use
Take a look at some of Calgary’s best mixed-use heritage buildings. These are buildings that do many things, allowing people to live, work, and/or play in one place! Historic buildings can be reused and revitalized to create vibrant, healthy, and exciting cities.
Barron Building and Uptown Theatre on Stephen Avenue
- Calgary's first office sky-scraper (built 1949-51) and home to Mobil Oil during the mid-century oil boom.
- The developer was lawyer Jacob Barron; theatre was his passion.
- A local developer proposed converting this 11-storey Art-Moderne-style landmark (at 610 8 Avenue SW) to rental residential with ground level retail/restaurants while retaining the building's striking exterior façade, however this project appears to have been suspended.
Vendome Block in Sunnyside
- A two-storey, Edwardian commercial-style, corner building built in 1912.
- The Main floor features Vendome Cafe and Holy Cow Gelato and Donuts and renovated apartments on the second storey.
- Its historic architecture and mixed commercial/residential use stand out as a Sunnyside landmark (at 932 - 2 Ave NW) as it’s the only building of its type.
Lancaster Building in Calgary’s Downtown Core
- Completed in 1919 on Stephen Avenue, Calgary’s iconic pedestrian mall.
- A 10-floor building with retail on the lower floors and offices at 304 8 Avenue SW.
- Past tenants include R.B. Bennett, Prime Minister of Canada 1930-1935.
The Canton Block in Chinatown
- The Canton Block was constructed in 1910-1911 by Chinese-Immigrant owners.
- It was the catalyst for the development of our current Chinatown.
- This building is an example of the Edwardian Commercial style which originally dominated the area.
- The New Gallery along with many other businesses now occupy 200 Centre St SE.
- Originally known as the Fairey Block, it addressed the City’s housing shortage at the turn of the last century.
- One of Calgary’s earliest examples of terraced housing (1111 3 Street SE).
- Today, a variety of commercial businesses and offices occupy the Beltline building.
Hillier Block in the East Village
- Completed in 1910, this Edwardian brick building is a Municipal historic resource.
- It was an original mixed use building with shops and apartments above.
- The building is now used by Junction 31 - Platform Beta Calgary at 429 8 AV SE.
Currie Barracks Officers’ Mess Hall
- This set of buildings was constructed in 1934 as a Depression era relief measure.
- They were home to many military units over the years and were popular spots for entertaining dignitaries.
- Now the buildings house a variety of businesses the newest including The Inn Calgary which has suites, a bar and hosts events in the former Officer’s Mess Hall.
Simington Co. in the Beltline
- This 1914 distinctive red brick building served as a wholesale grocery warehouse for 65 years.
- In 1979, 601 10 Avenue SW was transformed the warehouse into a retail complex.
- Office units at Kipling Square are currently available to rent.