Barrier-Free Update: June 2018

The Art Gallery of St. Albert’s barrier-free renovation continues to unearth not only endless possibilities of the community’s access to art and art programs at the Gallery, but also, part of a building from the 1900’s!

The Royal Hotel was a three-story brick building that due to the implementation of prohibition in 1916, lost income from liquor sales, was forced to close and eventually demolished.

In the 1920s the Banque d’Hochelaga bought the lot and relocated their business from across the street . The new building is believed to have used the bricks from the Royal Hotel. Fast-forward to 2018 and the Gallery’s barrier-free renovation when the construction crew, Chaltex, discovered foundations of the Royal Hotel under the Banque d’Hochelaga!

History, hey?

Thank you for your continued support of the Art Gallery of St. Albert, we cannot wait to be accessible to all in the fall!

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