CALGARY – Calgarians are getting a sneak peek at the redevelopment planned for the city’s historic St. Louis Hotel.
The three-storey hotel on 8th Avenue S.E. was built in 1914 and originally contained a bar, café, barbershop and cigar stand, in addition to 60 hotel rooms.
On Thursday, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) released two artist renderings showing their plans for the hotel’s redevelopment.
CMHC is seeking to use the building as a mixed-use commercial development, with a food service tenant in the basement and/or on the main floor, and corporate offices on the two upper storeys.
Elements of the redesign include:
- Ornamental, galvanized-metal roofline cornice with neoclassical-style detailing and the lettering ST. LOUIS HOTEL contained in the frieze
- Hand-painted ghost signage advertising
- Three interior light wells containing skylights atop the first storey
- Illuminated 1950s signage suspended from the façade
The hotel underwent a major renovation in 1959, before Calgary City Council designated it as a Municipal Historic Resource in 2008.
New plans for Cecil Hotel
CMLC has also announced new details concerning their possession of the Cecil Hotel located along 5th Avenue at 3rd Street S.E., which takes place on December 31st, 2015.
“The Cecil has been renovated many times over its 104-year history, and the flood event of 2013 likely affected the building’s structural soundness,” says CMLC’s President and CEO Michael Brown.
“At this point, we do not know how much of the building’s historical value remains, but you can rest assured we’ll study the structure to see what, if anything, can be preserved.”