The Tigerstedt block, 908 A Centre street north, former home of Tigerstedt Photo Studios who happen to be responsible for a large number of the photos in the Glenbow Museum archives, is up for redevelopment. In the past month signs have gone up stating Land For Sale - Redevelopment Site.
The block dates from the early 1930s, a rarity in this city, and sports a great example of an Art Deco (non-functioning) neon sign.
It's also former home to Jensen Radio and Television, which served Calgarians for 40+ years. The building's retail bays have only been 1/3-1/2 occupied for the past couple of years, and is currently only occupied by a convenience store and a corner pub. It also shares the block with a small turn of the century style 2 bay commercial structure, and a early to mid century two story wood frame commercial building. It's unknown of the 2 adjacent properties are also at risk.
Visited the "Studio Pub" for some rockabilly, and took some pics of the inside of what was originally the Tigerstedt Studios, as well was given a tour of the basement where the original darkrooms are still intact, however sadly the lights weren't working too well down there:
Cover story in Swerve today, April 30, 2010 is about the Tigerstedt block! Thanks for covering this story, and thanks for the shout-out to CHI in the article. Below is a link where you can view online.
Swerve is in the Friday Herald, and shows up (briefly) on some free newstands the following week. Love you guys.
Hello! I just discovered this thread. I did a quick scan of a photo I took of Tigerstedt corner in July of 1988. All the tubes in the sign were lit with 100% neon - classic red glow. Not as pink as I'm suggesting here. The Cameras/Film sign was lit from two incandescent bulbs. Forgive my hacky Photoshop skills. It's fun and gratifying to dig this stuff up!