Condo of the Month: A Corner Unit in the Historic Manhattan Lofts

This historic building has a rich history as a former department store and nightclub, and is now a stylish condominium building.

Photograph courtesy of Zoon Photography.

Where it is

308, 1117 1 St. S.W.


The history

Before being converted into a condominium, the building was built and designed for the Pryce-Jones department store, a Canadian branch of a famous mail-order house established in Newtown, Wales. After World War l, the store fell on hard times and was forced to close. The building then became the headquarters for Military District 13 during World War ll.

In 1974, the building was converted once more, this time opening its doors as The Refinery Nightclub. In the early 1990s, the building was converted a final time, this time into loft-style condos, and was one of the first in Calgary to be converted to such.


What to love

The loft still maintains much of its historic look and charm, featuring steel beams, exposed timber, spacious windows and raw concrete ceilings. The raised living room is set against two large windows, creating a natural backdrop with the city skyline. The kitchen mimics the exposed timber ceiling with black accents, with wooden cabinets offset by black countertops and appliances. Upstairs leads to the two equally spacious bedrooms, one of which has an ensuite bath and an open walk-in closet with a skylight.


What to consider

Located in the Beltline, this condo unit offers easy access to local amenities, shopping, dining, entertainment and more. Getting around is easy, whether biking or walking along the extensive pathway networks that also connect to the nearby downtown core. Underground parking and a storage locker are also included with the unit.


The stats

1,306.28 square feet
Two bedrooms
Two bathrooms
Historic Manhattan Lofts
Built in 1911
Beltline location


Listed for $625,000 with realtor Christina Hagerty at Calgary Lofts, Re/MAX Realty Professionals.


Inside the Condo

Photograph courtesy of Zoon Photography.

The exposed timber and black trim ceilings above seamlessly blend into a mirrored design in the kitchen, creating a welcoming space to cook and dine.


Photograph courtesy of Zoon Photography.

The dining room space connects off the kitchen and leads to the raised living room area, creating a sense of separate rooms in the open design.


Photograph courtesy of Zoon Photography.

The raised living room area enjoys a flood of natural lighting and creates the feeling of a private nook to relax, gather with friends or enjoy the downtown views.


Photograph courtesy of Zoon Photography.

The two bedrooms in the condo offer plenty of room with natural lighting and concrete ceilings that continue throughout the upper floor.


Photograph courtesy of Zoon Photography.

This bathroom makes the most of its space with clever uses of half walls to create privacy in the shower and toilet spaces.


Photograph courtesy of Zoon Photography.

Working from home is an option in this condo with its private office space. The room can also be converted into a home gym or guest bedroom.


Photograph courtesy of Zoon Photography.

The second bathroom features a unique, elevated design with its raised bathtub. The neutral decor is offset with the warm, exposed-wood ceiling.


Photograph courtesy of Zoon Photography.

Even the main floor lobby of the Manhattan Lofts maintains a historic look and feel that transports residents to the past with its exposed brick wall, wallpaper and wall lights.


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