1122 Kensington Road NW
Originally named the Arnell Block, then the Hillhurst Block, this building is currently referred to as The Starbucks Building after our long-time tenant. This historic building hosts a ‘vintage style’ main floor front entrance with wood windows. The second floor is office space for further tenants.
Completed in 1911 at an estimated cost of $3,500, this Edwardian commercial structure was originally named for its owner, Yorshire-born John Smith, who died the year it was built. Early businesses in the Smith Block, such as the Hillhurst Confectionary and Ice Cream Parlor (1921-32), the Model Meat Market (1926-28) and the Hillhurst Shoe Hospital (1930-52), reflected the quiet, working-class character of the neighbourhood they served.
Walt Healy, whose landmark motorcycle dealership on Tenth Street NW later made him a household name in Calgary, lived in one of the upstairs apartments in 1934-35. The building was renamed the Hillhurst GBlock after Alma Smith, John’s widow, sold it in 1925.