On Tuesday, Dulaba said the first tenant was already inside, working on the fit-out to recreate what was one of the city’s very first pubs. It’s part of his continuing mission to transform the back lanes of Old Strathcona into pleasant pedestrian arcades. This is a cash-only business. If you’re over 50, you may know it as the Strath. The hotel opened in 1891 as a stopping house for new arrivals straight off the train via the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, the first rail line to connect this place with the wider world. READ MORE: Read more about cookies here. For 127 years — apart from a decade-long dry period in the Prohibition era when it was a Presbyterian ladies college — Edmontonians have been rolling into the Strathcona Hotel for a glass of beer. The Strathcona Private Hotel was located at 105 Marina circa 1969[1] The building would appear to have been registered as a hotel and convalescent facility in 1959 under the stewardship of the Royal Army Service Corps. 203). Millennials, for reasons that mystify me, call it the Strat. “One of the things we did find, peeling back some of the layers in the basement, was that the northeast basement wall was leaning a little bit inside. “While we are unsure of the extent of damage to the building, we remain committed to restoring this historic Edmonton landmark. Leopold’s Tavern will lease 3,500 square feet on the ground floor of the southeast corner of the rebuilt landmark that is now in the home stretch of construction following a fire almost a year ago. EDMONTON—Old Strathcona residents and visitors were pondering the fate of the historic Strathcona Hotel on Saturday after a fire ripped through the storied landmark the previous night. If he gets the necessary approvals, Beljan plans to close the hotel this fall and start construction work in January, with the hopes of opening the new space in late 2019. Association. “They were able to go into the building and that’s when they were able to see the working fire on the second floor,” which moved into the third floor and the attic, said Edmonton fire spokesperson Kristi Bland. The cause of the fire and damage to the building has not been released. A lot of it’s been demolished or otherwise burned down.”. Within walking distance, guests will delight in world famous attractions like the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, Rogers Centre, and more! Tape is strung in front of the Strathcona Hotel in Edmonton on March 30, 2019. Join the mailing list to receive daily email updates. 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4. This page was last modified on 6 July 2020, at 16:07. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. The Strathcona Hotel in Edmonton, pictured on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. It would appear to have been converted into a HMO at some point between 1969 and 2003, when a certificate of lawfulness was applied for[2]. Located in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the historic hotel of Glencoe House offers an ideal site for those seeking to unearth their Scottish genealogy or for those who are interested more generally in ancestral travel. But Beljan says the woodwork is solid, without rot or warping. permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com. A great downtown location with very reasonable prices. Tuesday’s rezoning was a bureaucratic update to allow for a new “floor-area ratio” because the new version of the Strat will have the basement developed. Still, in order to make the project pay, Beljan says he’ll need flexibility and understanding from the city and province when it comes to things like adding an elevator or main floor doors. “We want to remake it into a showpiece of a building,” Beljan told me Friday. He lamented the damage to the historic building, but said he was glad it’s still standing. the Strathcona Hotel — might look like after renovations by Ivan Beljan, who has just purchased the 1891 heritage building on Whyte Avenue. On a prime corner location at the intersection of the historic Calgary Trail and Whyte Avenue, it plays an essential role in maintaining the historic character of the streetscape of a heritage area. Some 100-year-old bottles discovered behind stripped-away walls in the basement are expected to be preserved to decorate the pub. Although Dulaba said they know now, they didn’t get it exactly right. An artist’s conception of what the Strat — a.k.a. The building’s current developer, Beljan Development, released a statement saying they are “deeply saddened” by the destruction the fire caused. According to historicplaces.ca, the Strathcona Hotel was the largest hotel in the area from 1891 to 1904. Beljan is a developer with a strong record when it comes to creative adaptive reuse of heritage buildings. Guy Yuzyk paid a visit to the building that he has fond memories of from his childhood. The hotel is at no risk of demolition. Leopold’s is expected to open in July or August at the latest. It would appear to have been converted into a HMO at some point between 1969 and 2003, when a certificate of lawfulness was applied for[2]. “Being able to work on a building with a story to tell, with some complexity, for us it’s what we wake up loving to do.”. It’s reassuring to see such a beloved heritage building in the hands of someone with the vision and capital to restore and maintain it. “But you become a little bit nostalgic walking through it, realizing this was only seen when being built over 129 years ago.”. Staring up at the building on Saturday, Teresa Maunton said she hopes the building can be salvaged. “Lots of people have told us they have many stories and lots of fond memories,” Beljan told me. We're thrilled to see the first pieces of our new . HISTORY. Renovating such a well-worn wood-frame building will be a challenge.