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GALLERY: Edmonton’s old Kelly Ramsey Tower is new again

What’s old is new again when it comes to downtown office tower
WATCH ABOVE: It’s described as being both Edmonton’s newest and oldest office building. For months now, the Kelly Ramsey Tower has been under construction after a fire gutted the old building. Vinesh Pratap reports.

In March 2009, fire gutted the iconic Kelly Ramsey Building in downtown Edmonton. Despite the destruction, developer John Day bought the building, hoping to preserve the exterior.

The building’s original façade was declared a municipal historic resource and the developer received nearly $1.8 million in public funds for restoration. The entire project cost a lot more than that, but those involved felt it was “the right thing to do for downtown Edmonton.”

The old Kelly Ramsey Building was taken down, brick by brick, each one numbered and put into storage. The bricks that could be salvaged would later make up the new tower’s second to fourth floors. However, a lot of the original brick was not salvageable due to the fire damage.

In July 2015, crewed poured concrete for the 13th floor. Decades-old limestone was also be reincorporated into the new 28-storey tower. It is scheduled to be complete this summer.

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On Friday, April 8, Global News reporter Vinesh Pratap got a tour.

The exterior of the restored Kelly Ramsey Tower in downtown Edmonton, April 8, 2016.
The exterior of the restored Kelly Ramsey Tower in downtown Edmonton, April 8, 2016. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
The main floor retail space of the Kelly Ramsey Tower.
The main floor retail space of the Kelly Ramsey Tower. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
The lobby of the new Kelly Ramsey Tower in downtown Edmonton, April 8, 2016.
The lobby of the new Kelly Ramsey Tower in downtown Edmonton, April 8, 2016. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
Touring the downtown office construction site, April 8, 2016.
Touring the downtown office construction site, April 8, 2016. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
The top of the Kelly Ramsey Tower which will be lit up with LED lights. The lighted top is called The Lantern.
The top of the Kelly Ramsey Tower which will be lit up with LED lights. The lighted top is called The Lantern. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
The tile floor going in to the Kelly Ramsey Tower in downtown Edmonton, April 8, 2016.
The tile floor going in to the Kelly Ramsey Tower in downtown Edmonton, April 8, 2016. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
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Floor 17 of the Kelly Ramsey building, where tenant improvements have begun.
Floor 17 of the Kelly Ramsey building, where tenant improvements have begun. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
A 100-kilogram wall tile being anchored to the wall of the Kelly Ramsey lobby.
A 100-kilogram wall tile being anchored to the wall of the Kelly Ramsey lobby. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
The frosted glass in the new Kelly Ramsey Tower.
The frosted glass in the new Kelly Ramsey Tower. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
The view from the 25th floor of the Kelly Ramsey Tower. Many years down the road, this view will be blocked by the Stantec Tower.
The view from the 25th floor of the Kelly Ramsey Tower. Many years down the road, this view will be blocked by the Stantec Tower. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
The northeast view from the 25th floor of the Kelly Ramsey Tower.
The northeast view from the 25th floor of the Kelly Ramsey Tower. Vinesh Pratap, Global News

With files from Vinesh Pratap, Global News