A masonry and sandstone building on the corner of Stephen Avenue and 1st St. SW. in Calgary, the Alberta Hotel and Annex typifies the century-old heritage buildings that lend the historic pedestrian street its unique character. Abugov-Kaspar provided heritage-sensitive renovations to both buildings to create retail spaces at and below grade, with a restaurant on the upper floor.
- The scope of work included restoration of the original facade and interior walls, with the addition of modern upgrades to windows, building envelope, electrical, and mechanical systems.
- The top floor restaurant extends through what was formerly an interior courtyard. We created a floorplate enclosed by the exteriors of the Hotel and Annex, with an open-atrium dining area below a grand skylight.
- Contrasting masonry and brick surfaces are tied together through the use of wainscoting and tile mosaics.
- A second-story patio along the Stephen Avenue elevation creates an interface with the pedestrian street that draws attention to the restaurant. The design helps enliven the public sphere with live music and the bustle of the restaurant filtering out from the patio.