“Cornerstones” were articles that appeared in the Sunday edition of the Calgary Herald between 1997 and 2000. The following article appeared August 17, 1997.
• 804 18 Avenue S.W.
• Built: 1912-1913
• Architect: Roscoe B. Whitten of Calgary
• Contractor: D.E.McDonald of Calgary
• Original cost: $150,000
• Original owner: Alexander Victor Anderson. Born in Quebec in 1863, Anderson came to Alberta in 1882 and became involved in a number of business ventures, including a machinery business selling "implements and buggies" on Atlantic Avenue from 1892-1898. Anderson, a wealthy widower, moved into the apartments he built and managed the building until his death in 1920 at age 57.
• Construction materials: Reinforced concrete and red brick. Stone detailing.
• Architectural style: Baroque style with classical features.
• Original interior details: Elegant brass cage elevator, oak mouldings and base boards. Brass staircase railings on all five floors. Marble floor in front entrance. Main stairs trimmed with oak. Fine Italian marble was imported for the rotunda and main stairway in the foyer. Hardwood floors (maple) throughout. Suites have 12 foot ceilings, claw - footed bathtubs and a pass-through window for setting out hot food between pantry and dining room. Main entranceway one of the most unique features, located between the recesses of two protruding sections of the building.
• at five storeys it was the largest and highest residential structure built to date. Located close to the presitigious Mount Royal District.
• originally designed as a bachelors' hotel the building was utilized as an apartment building
• H shaped floor plan with two light wells was unique in Calgary and provided natural light to all 63 suites.
• rent for one bedroom suites started at $60.00 but dropped as low as $32.50 during the war.
• apartment was not fully rented until 1916
• for the first few years there was a large dining room located in the lower level to accommodate the tenants, who like Anderson, lived alone and did not enjoy eating or cooking alone.
• ornate elevator was once operated by a uniformed attendant.
• many well-know tenants over the years; A.W.Dingman (Turner Valley oil discovery), C.F. Jamieson (lawyer and newspaper columnist), J.C. Linton (alderman and businessman), Edward B. Curlette (Calgary photographer)
• many of the original features of the building are still intact
• ownership of the building remained with Anderson's descendants until it was sold to the Mah's in 1977
• setting for singer Jan Arden's video "Insensitive" nominated in 1995 for a Best Video Award.
• reports indicate that negotiations are currently underway for the sale and conversion of the Anderson to condominiums.