1912 Inglewood – Our Building, Our History, Our Community
Built in 1912 at the height of the pre-World War I building boom, the Burn Block located in the heart of Inglewood is a typical ‘main street’ building of the period with offices and residential units over commercial storefronts. Jenkins and Co., which later grew to become a major Southern Alberta grocery chain, opened one of its first stores here in 1913. At the time of the building’s construction, the area was known as East Calgary or Brewery Flats and looked very much like a small town reflecting its origin as the earliest settled area of Calgary. The founding of the community including the development of 9 Ave. S.E. (formerly Atlantic Avenue), became Calgary’s first authentic main street around the time that Calgary was incorporated into a city in 1894. The Burn Block’s use of polychrome brick banding is original to the structure and unique to the city.
A contractor named Lawrence R. Burn was the builder and original owner of the building. During the 1930’s the upper storeys were converted from office to residential use. A fire in 1973 resulted in renovations which significantly altered the building’s interior. The exterior of the Burn Block remained virtually intact, was restored in 1996 and is now a strong member of the excellent historic streetscape along 9th Avenue SE, one of the very few remaining in Calgary.
Jumping ahead to 2003, the unit 1219, 9th Ave SE became a restaurant and now in 2017 is yet again transformed into a refreshed dining experience known as 1912 Inglewood Dining & Attic Lounge. Today, Inglewood is a vibrant, eclectic and ever-evolving arts and culture-filled district with more than 100 shops, boutiques and eateries attracting locals and tourists alike. We are proud to incorporate the heritage of this building and area into our name.