Enbridge Centre is a symbol of downtown Edmonton’s renaissance – a structure that helps define this city’s future. But to know its story, we must first begin with its past.
In 1914, two prominent Edmonton’s citizens – John Kelly and James Ramsey – met on a vacant lot. They gathered to share ideas. To discuss bold possibilities. And with a handshake, Enbridge Centre’s history began.
John Kelly began his career in Edmonton as a blacksmith. In the early twentieth century, he transitioned into the development and sale of land and property – an astute move in a city that was booming. In 1909, Kelly built the historic Jasper Block.
James Ramsey arrived in Edmonton in 1911 and quickly opened the James Ramsey Limited Departmental Store. It was an instant, spectacular success. He expanded constantly and soon ran out of room. That’s when Kelly and Ramsey came together. Kelly constructed the Kelly Block and Ramsey leased it for his biggest store yet.
In 1926, Edmonton’s greatest store needed even more space, and Ramsey commissioned a new building. The stone façade of the Ramsey Building contrasted and complemented its brick neighbour.
Two years later, Ramsey sold his business to Eatons. The Kelly Ramsey Buildings changed hands several times in the decades that followed and were home to retail stores, government offices, apartment suites and restaurants. But in 2009, the historic structures faced an uncertain future.
In 2011, a project began – a project that would change the Edmonton skyline. John Day acquired the Kelly Ramsey buildings and surrounding sites.
Working with the talented teams at Pangman, DIALOG and Ledcor, a plan was formed to create a development unlike anything our city had ever seen: a future-focused tower that would simultaneously preserve the past.
Brick by brick, stone by stone, the facades were deconstructed, labeled and stored. Only then could construction commence. In 2015, each and every brick was returned within two feet of its original location. Above that familiar façade, 25 stories and 551,000 square feet of striking modern architecture had risen.
Enbridge Centre is Edmonton’s first new financial district tower in 25 years. It’s a hub of activity in the heart of downtown Edmonton. It’s a place thousands will be lucky enough to call their workplace — and tens of thousands more will soon embrace as part of their lifestyle.
Enbridge Centre is an integral piece of Edmonton’s future - 100 years in the making.