Tigerstedt building up for redevelopment.

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Tigerstedt building up for redevelopment.

Postby Chris E » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:28 pm

Latest updates April 30, 2010 - at the bottom of the thread

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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.

The building is not on the city inventory.

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Adjacent buildings

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Tigerstedt

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http://www.flickr.com/photos/mistersable/212781021/

How it looked before all the brick and tile was painted over:

http://contentdm.ucalgary.ca/cdm4/item_ ... OX=1&REC=1

http://contentdm.ucalgary.ca/cdm4/item_ ... OX=1&REC=2

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sherlock77/195810283/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sherlock77/195810284/
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Postby Chris E » Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:38 am

Some of the for sale signs have been marked with Conditionally Sold
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Postby Chris E » Wed Jul 09, 2008 9:19 pm

Word is the building has now been sold.
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Postby Chris E » Wed Jul 09, 2008 10:13 pm

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:

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Postby Chris E » Mon Oct 20, 2008 4:36 am

Word is now that the owners of the building have allowed the Studio Cafe/Pub to expand into the adjacent retail bay, but only for 1 yr as the building is to be demolished at that point.
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Postby Chris E » Mon Apr 20, 2009 11:14 am

Word is now that a Land Use amendment application has come in to "rezone" the parcel, in anticipation of demolition and redevelopment.
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Postby Chris E » Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:35 pm

This is confirmed.

There has been an application to change the land use of this parcel (in red) to C-COR1 (Corridor Commercial) of unknown maximum height/density.

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Postby newsposter » Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:20 pm

There are new businesses going into the Tigerstedt block. A reprieve for the building it seems...
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Postby newsposter » Fri Apr 30, 2010 9:35 am

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.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/Catch+Tige ... story.html

Link to the Tropical Corner Latin Lounge - the great new business that it revitalizing this block:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Calgary-A ... 9940134690
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Re: Tigerstedt building up for redevelopment.

Postby Mr. Sable » Fri Jul 18, 2014 2:44 pm

Does anyone remember what colour the neon was in the sign? I remember they used to light it up only a few years ago, but now all the neon is smashed out of it.

Here's a digital reproduction I've been working on:

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Re: Tigerstedt building up for redevelopment.

Postby Admin » Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:38 pm

I don't unfortunately.
We should take this opportunity to mention that there is a sign on the building advertising small retail bays for lease, so perhaps its imminent doom has been delayed.
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Re: Tigerstedt building up for redevelopment.

Postby wardo99 » Tue Feb 10, 2015 10:50 pm

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!
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Re: Tigerstedt building up for redevelopment.

Postby Admin » Wed Feb 11, 2015 1:50 am

That's awesome, thanks for posting that!
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Re: Tigerstedt building up for redevelopment.

Postby wardo99 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 7:50 am

Upon further examination, I think the Cameras/Films sign was also lit by neon. I remember there being two rods that held flood lights over the door.
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Re: Tigerstedt building up for redevelopment.

Postby wardo99 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 5:39 pm

Okay. I think this looks better.

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