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Kelly Ramsey Building
Kelly Ramsey Building.JPG
Located Edmonton, Alberta
Founded Kelly 1910; Ramsey 1927
Style Chicago commercial
Architect Kelly, Van Siclen; Ramsey, Magoon & Macdonald
Website Website

The Kelly Ramsey Building is an historic building located in Downtown Edmonton at 10040-101A Avenue on Rice Howard Way.[1]

History

James Ramsey was a department store owner who opened up a store in the Tegler Building (behind the Kelly Ramsey Building). Shortly after moving to Edmonton in 1911, he required more space and moved into the building which was built by a blacksmith John Kelly. Not long after Kelly's death Ramsey bought the building from his widow in 1926 for $100,000. He then extended the story westward calling it the Ramsey Building. In the 1940s the Government of Alberta bought the building.[1] More recently, it has been owned by Worthington Properties.

In March 2009 a fire broke out and gutted most of the building. Police determined it was caused by arson and on April 2 a man was arrested for the fire.[2 ] In September 2009, the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta ordered a judicial sale of the building due to foreclosure for $3 million, down from its previous price of $10 million. [3]

Architecture

The building is two four-story, brick and steel frame buildings. The Ramsey portion was an addition to the Kelly Block. The two building are quite different. The Kelly Block is done in dark brick and the Ramsey Building has a stone facade, three-part windows, and a smaller cornice.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b c Ivany, Kathryn (2004). Historic Walks of Edmonton. Red Deer Press. pp. 200, 201. ISBN 0889952981.  
  2. ^ Drake, Laura (April 2, 2009). "Man charged in downtown Edmonton fire". Edmonton Journal. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/charged+downtown+fire/1457457/story.html. Retrieved 2009-04-22.  
  3. ^ Simon, Paula (November 14, 2009). "Social, economic cost to losing Kelly-Ramsey block: $3M a bargain to protect, preserve key historic site downtown". Edmonton Journal. http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Social+economic+cost+losing+Kelly+Ramsey+block/2222991/story.html. Retrieved 2009-11-14.  

Coordinates: 53°32′34″N 113°29′29″W / 53.54278°N 113.49139°W / 53.54278; -113.49139

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