New Uses for Old Buildings - Offices and Incubator Hubs

Using heritage buildings as office spaces, incubator hubs or co-work spaces is a great way to revitalize historic spaces. What was once a warehouse is now a trendy and innovative space for cultivating new ideas!

Odd Fellows Temple in Downtown Calgary

  • Built in 1912 by David McIlroy, designer of the Lougheed House and First Baptist Church.
  • Used as a meeting place for The Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization that came to Alberta in 1884. It was important to community life among new immigrants in the area.
  • Now SAIT’s new School for Advanced Digital Technology at 106 6 Ave SW

King Edward School 

  • The beautiful sandstone King Edward School (1912) was given a new life as an arts incubator called cSPACE King Edward.
  • It is now South Calgary’s home to artists, creative entrepreneurs, and culture and community nonprofit organizations.
  • The adaptive reuse was designed by Nyhoff Architecture .
  • The grounds are sometimes used for a local farmers market and summer outdoor yoga.
  • The public facility also boasts affordable event, meeting, exhibition, and performance space for community events.


McHugh House 

  • Built in 1896 in Mission (formally known as Rouleauville)
  • The home of prominent Rancher J.J McHugh and his family
  • It was purchased by the City of Calgary, relocated to its present location in 2014 and converted to a community arts hub with spaces for rent
  • It houses the  Beltline Neighbourhoods Association at 102 17 Ave SW

St. Louis Hotel in Downtown Calgary E

  • Built in 1914 in preparation for the arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
  • The building had a reputation for some wild nights in the basement bar! And was frequented by Premier Ralph Klein.
  • Now a meeting venue and the headquarters of the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation at 430 8th Ave SE

Neilson's Furniture Warehouse/ Independent Biscuit Co. in the Beltline

  • This 3-storey brick warehouse stocked Neilson’s 8th Stephen Avenue Store from 1912
  • The 4th storey was added in 1926 when the Independent Biscuit Co. moved in
  • A modern glass, wood and steel addition transformed this space to The Biscuit Block in 2013
  • 438 11 Ave SW now has offices for lease

Ramsay’s Western Steel Products Plant (Westeel)

  • This red brick Edwardian building with large industrial windows was constructed in 1919
  • Now it's The Commons, a co-working and event space at 1206 20 Ave SE

Calgary Co-op Fur Farmers/ Superblend Feeds in Ramsay

  • The original warehouse was constructed in 1912 for the Canadian Western  Natural Gas, Heat, and Power Company Ltd.
  • An interesting fact: helium for airships was secretly manufactured here during WWI!
  • The sheet metal additions were added after a fire in 1948 for the fur farmers marketing association and feed mill
  • Now 1701 11 St SE is home to Superblend YYC Dispensaries and other small businesses