Lorraine Block

620 12th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta

 

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The four-storey building's fine exterior brickwork was accented by the use of terra cotta detailing and trim. The lorraine was nestled in a district of prominence and of all the apartment blocks in the area, the Lorraine was the most elegant in its styling.

 

The Lorraine Block was the vision of Dr. Omer Patrick, a Calgary doctor and businessman. Dr. Patrick purchased the land from Senator James Lougheed in 1912 and immediately began construction of the Lorraine Block.

The four-storey building’s fine exterior brickwork was accented by the use of terra cotta detailing and trim. The Lorraine was nestled in a district of prominence and of all the apartment blocks in the area, the Lorraine was most elegant in its styling.

In January 1998 the Lorraine Block was severely damaged by a fire caused by careless smoking. The entire 4th floor and roof were completely destroyed, and because of the amount of water used to combat the fire, and because of the building’s subsequent exposure to the elements and vandals, most of the interior sustained significant damage. The fate of the Lorraine Block captured the imagination of Calgarians and received extensive media coverage.

Heritage Property Corporation purchased the Lorraine Block in October 1998 and began the major rehabilitation and restoration. This included installing new mechanical and electrical systems, a new elevator, and major structural upgrades. In addition, the entire interior was redone. Heritage Property Corporation completed the Lorraine Block’s restoration and rehabilitation in the summer of 2001 and the high class, character office block re-opened. The Lorraine Block was designated a Provincial Historic Resource on May 3, 2002.