New Uses for Old Buildings - Residential

Repurposing buildings for homes is an old idea that’s new again. Temporary cottage schools were quickly built during the pre-WW1 building boom, to be converted to apartments when permanent schools could be constructed. What better use for vacant office and warehouse space than conversion to residential? A vibrant inner-city is achieved when it retains its heritage and provides diverse, compact housing for a growing population. Imagine living in a character building with exposed brick, expansive windows, high ceilings and a storied past!!

© 1969 Alison Jackson Collection CPL
© 2021 CHI

The 1912 brick and sandstone Parkhill Public School

  • Built at a time when other cottage schools were half the size and built of wood.
  • It served as a school until 1977, was converted to offices then to condominiums in the 1980s.
  • New infills in a complementary style were constructed on the adjacent grounds.

The J.H. Ashdown Hardware Co. (c 1911)

  • It flourished when Calgary was the most important wholesale and distribution centre between Winnipeg and Vancouver
  • The Lewis Stationery company purchased this Beltline warehouse in 1972.
  • In 1995, it was converted to the Lewis Lofts at 240 - 11 Avenue SW

The upscale 1911 Pryce-Jones Department Store in the Beltline

  • Purveyors of the world’s finest goods, this store had a tea room with a live orchestra
  • Now the old store is the Manhattan Lofts at 1117 - 1 Street SW

The 1912 Hotel Ogden

  • Built by the Calgary Brewery, workers socialized there with those from the CPR shops
  • It became Calgary's first veterans' hospital in WW1, then a hostel and rooming house, known as Alyth Lodge
  • Renovated and designated its now Victory Manor transitional housing, at 7012 Ogden Road SE

The Red brick Lang House

  • Built in 1910, it's the last original home on 26th Ave near the Mission bridge
  • George Macdonald Lang was a prominent architect, responsible for many Calgary landmarks
  • Overlooking the Elbow River, The Grandview Condominium (2002) towers above it to the west
  • Incorporated into the grounds, the Lang House is now a common area for residents