AGT Warehouse

 

1921

822 11 Avenue SW

 

The AGT warehouse is one of many constructed along 10th and 11th avenues in the early decades of the last century.  Virtually intact on the exterior, this building is a good representation of early warehouses constructed in Calgary. With no major renovations,  only replacement of the original windows has changed the building’s appearance.

Alberta Government Telephones (AGT), the publicly owned phone company established in 1907 and privatized in the 1990s as TELUS, built this brick warehouse as its stores and plants building in 1921. Across the province, early AGT employees enjoyed an enthusiastic social life together, which included dinners, dances and sports. In 1922, local staff even formed the Calgary Telephone Society, which barred shop talk and organized strictly social events. According to Tony Cashman, AGT’s onetime corporate historian, this building housed two bowling lanes and “may have been the only telephone warehouse in the world with a hardwood floor on the second storey for dances.

Like the nearby Ford warehouse, the AGT stores building became a storage facility for the Glenbow Museum from about 1961-88. The King & I Thai Cuisine restaurant has been the main tenant since 1988.  

 

 

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