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Key Number: HS 7092
Site Name: Alberta Hotel
Other Names:
Site Type: 0405 - Mercantile/Commercial: Hotel or Inn


ATS Legal Description:
Twp Rge Mer
24 1 5

Address: 217-19 - 6 Avenue SW
Number: 17-19
Street: 2 SW
Avenue: 6 SW
Town: Calgary
Near Town:


Type Number Date View


Plan Shape: Rectangular Short Facade
Storeys: Storeys: 4 or more
Foundation: Basement/Foundation Wall Material: Concrete
Superstructure: Brick
Superstructure Cover:
Roof Structure: Flat
Roof Cover:
Exterior Codes: Massing of Units: Row, Related, End
Wings: None
Wall Design and Detail: String or Belt Course
Wall Design and Detail: Plain Parapet
Plain Eaves
Roof Trim - Verges: Not Applicable
Roof Trim Material - Verges: None
Dormer Type: None
Chimney Location - Side to Side: Side Right
Chimney Stack Material: Brick
Chimney Stack Massing: Single
Roof Trim - Special Features: Other
Window - Structural Opening Shape: Flat
Window - Trim Outside Structural Opening - Head: Plain Lintel
Window - Trim Outside Structural Opening - Sides: Plain
Window - Trim Outside Structural Opening - Material: Brick
Window - Sill Type: Plain Lug Sill
Window - Sill Material: Concrete
Window - Number of Sashes: Two, Double Hung
Window - Opening Mechanism: Single or Double Hung
Window - Special Types: None
Main Entrance - Location: Off-Centre (Facade)
Main Entrance - Structural Opening Shape: Flat
Main Entrance - Trim Outside Structural Opening - Head: Plain Flat
Main Entrance - Trim Outside Structural Opening - Sides: Plain
Main Entrance - Trim Outside Structural Opening Material: Metal
Main Entrance - Trim Within Structural Opening - Head: Plain
Main Entrance - Trim Within Structural Opening - Head: Flat Transom, Single Light
Main Entrance - Trim Within Structural Opening - Sides: Plain
Main Entrance - Trim Within Structural Opening - Sides: Side Lights
Main Entrance - Number of Panels Per Leaf: 1
Main Entrance - Leaves - Special Feature: Glass
Main Stairs - Location and Design: First or Ground Floor, Without Railing
Main Stairs - Direction: Straight
Main Porch - Type: Recess
Main Porch - Special Features: Columns
Main Porch - Material: Brick
Main Porch - Height: First Storey
Exterior: Dimensions: about 20m x 50m (1984) 45' x 130'(1980) Plain; belt course; lugsills.
Tin parapet; enlaged stucco covered pilastes; modern pier and spandrel construction; tin covering on spandrel section; modern wood and awning on main floor, north elevation, bricked over windows on south elevation.
Interior: N/A
Condition: Good (1980) Fair (1984)
Alterations: Apparent Alterations and/or Additions: Wall Apparent Alterations and/or Additions: Roof Apparent Alterations and/or Additions: Window Apparent Alterations and/or Additions: Door Apparent Alterations and/or Additions: Porch Site: Original Front and side stucco; cedar vertical.


Construction: Construction Date:
Construction Started
Usage: Usage Date:
Mercantile/Commercial: Hotel or Inn
Mercantile/Commercial: Hotel or Inn
Owner: Owner Date:
268594 Alberta Ltd.

Architect: N/A
Builder: N/A
Craftsman: N/A
History: This is one of the few Renaining 'Older' Hotels in the city form the boom era.
First mention 1912 Hendersons.
The Empress Hotel was built in 1911 by John Linham. Originally there were 100 rooms and each was fitted with hot and cold running water and a private telephone connected to the switch board in the lobby. The lobby was said to be 'perhaps the most attractive in the city'.
Elevator service was installed when the building was constructed and several washrooms were provided on each floor. The John Linham Estate owned the building until March 1962 when Harry, Ben and Leo Sheftel bought the hotel under the name A.H. and P. Associateds. Shortly after the purchase, the Sheftels closed the hotel to begin a major renovation project on the building. In January 1963, when the first stage of the renovations was completed, the hotel was reopened. The total renovation project was not completed until 1965.
Thomas E. Driscall - first manager and proprietor - came to Calgary in 1905 as general agent for the Confederation Life Insurance Company.
He left the city a short time later to work in the hotel business in Carstairs. He returned to Calgary in 1911 to take charge of the Empress.
Charles Traunweiser - manager and proprietor from 1915 - came to Calgary in 1880's and went into the wholesale and tobacco business and managed the Hub Cigar Store. Later he went into the real estate business and then entered the hotel field. When he moved to Victoria in 1945, his son John A. Traunweiser took over as proprietor and manager.
Sheftel family - have been residents of Calgary since 1923. Harry, Ben and Leo Sheftel operated a chain of food stores in Calgary from 1929 to 1960.
* * * Regal Landmark Loses its Crown Workers are demolishing the 75-year-old Empress Hotel on 6th Avenue SW brick by brick, starting at the roof and working down. Elegant in her heyday, the Empress had a reputation as a place where an unescorted lady could feel comfortable and had advertised four bathrooms on each floor of 22 rooms back when that was something to boast about.


Status: Status Date:
Designation Status: Designation Date:
(not assigned)

Record Information: Record Information Date:
S. Khanna 1993/05/19


Alberta Register of Historic Places:
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