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119 - 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta, T2P, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 2001/05/22

Calgary Milling Company Building (aka The John Irwin Co.) from the north (circa 1924); Glenbow Archives, NA-2575-38
1924 view of the front elevation
View of the Calgary Milling Company Building and adjacent Calgary Cattle Company/Pioneer Building from the northeast (January 2005); Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, 2005
View of the Calgary Milling Company Building from the north (January 2005); Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, 2005
Front elevation

Autre nom(s)

Calgary Milling Co.
Nippon Silks and Products
Nippon Silks Co.
John Irwin Co. Ltd

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction


Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2005/07/11

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The Calgary Milling Company Building is a two-storey rectangular sandstone building situated on one city lot in a commercial streetscape in the central business district of Calgary.

Valeur patrimoniale

The heritage value of the Calgary Milling Company Building lies in its association with the development of Calgary's pre-World War One central business district, its architecture and its associations with the business community of Calgary.

It retained its original function as a retail shop from its construction in 1901 to 1997 with slight alterations to its front elevation. It first served as a retail outlet for the products of Calgary Milling Company along with other groceries. In 1931 the building's role as a retail store changed to the selling of imported silk products, chinaware, novelties and ladies' ware.

The use of sandstone as a construction material, its two-storey height and rectangular shape as well as its Edwardian commercial style facade exemplify the scale, massing and decoration of buildings in the central business district of Calgary built during the pre-World War One period of economic growth. It is a typical example of the Edwardian commercial style complete with decorative parapet and upper and lower cornices. It makes a significant contribution to the integrity of the pre-World War One streetscape which has survived along this portion of Eighth Avenue.

Isaac Kendall Kerr and Peter Prince two prominent members of the Calgary's pioneer business community have been associated with this building. Kerr and Prince arrived in Calgary in the 1880s and were associated with the establishment of a number of companies one of which was the Calgary Milling Company which was incorporated in 1899. It is also association with the Calgary Japanese business community. This association began in 1931 when it was purchased by Sataro Kuwahara, Genzo Kitagawa and Shigejiro Inouye who were the owners of the Nippon Silks and Products Co.

Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch (File: Des. 2042)

Éléments caractéristiques

The character defining elements of the Calgary Milling Company Building include:
- rectangular form, scale and massing;
- the use of sandstone in its construction;
- roof top flag pole;
- parapet;
- upper and lower cornices;
- the fenestration pattern on the second story which features three windows with transoms;
- main floor wood storefront with clerestory windows.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Province de l'Alberta

Loi habilitante

Historical Resources Act

Type de reconnaissance

Ressource historique provinciale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Commerce / Services commerciaux
Studio ou atelier


Commerce / Services commerciaux
Magasin ou commerce de vente au détail

Architecte / Concepteur




Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, Old St. Stephen's College, 8820 - 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 (File: Des. 2042)

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Identificateur féd./prov./terr.




Inscriptions associées

Front (north) elevation


The Calgary Milling Company Building, built 1901-03, is a two-storey Edwardian Commercial style building featuring a rock-faced sandstone facade and decorative metal cornices. The…


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