Calgary loses Cecil Hotel, a historic landmark

Dec 19 2017, 2:32 am

The historic century-old Cecil Hotel is set to be demolished as it is beyond repair, according to the Calgary Sun.

When the hotel opened in 1912, it was meant to accommodate travelers and blue collar workers in its 57 rooms and dining area. But over the century, the building has been poorly maintained.

Calgary City Council purchased the propery in 2008 for $10.9 million in a bid, however, it failed to take immediate action to restore it and prevent further degradation.

This was compounded by the 2013 floods in the city, which impacted the building severely and caused structural integrity issues. Demolition is now the building’s only feasible option.

“It’s unfortunate but it cannot be salvaged — the structure itself can’t be saved,” Susan Veres, spokeswoman for the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation, told the Calgary Sun

With one of Calgary’s oldest hotels slated for the demolition, there is most certainly an urgency to protect and restore the city’s other historic buildings. Calgary has six pre-World War One era hotels, with the Cecil Hotel being among the properties.

Here’s the social media reaction to the decision:

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