St. Louis Hotel

St. Louis Hotel

Date(s): Sunday

430 8th Ave SE


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Guided tours starting each hour at 10am, 11am,  12pm,  1pm, 2pm,  and  3pm.  Sign up on arrival at the St. Louis Hotel.


Drop in for a guided tour of the basement where Ralph Klein presided, elevator of artistic representation of the famous indoor horse races, renovated and award winning historical restoration of building.

Tours will begin on main floor and will tour three floors of the building.

Guided Tours

Guided tours available each hour – please sign-up on site.

Tour times: 10am | 11am | 12pm | 1pm | 2pm | 3pm

Tours will begin on main floor and will tour three floors of the building.

Historical Significance

The St. Louis was developed in 1914 in anticipation of the arrival of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and designated a Municipal Historic Resource in 2008. Former Calgary Mayor and Alberta Premier Ralph Klein held court in the downstairs pub in the 1980s. The pub was also home to the legendary – and entirely fictional – World Famous Indoor Horse Races, created and called by George Stephenson Sr., a member of the esteemed ‘East End Petroleum Club’. Legend has it that if you weren’t in your seat by 11:30am on Fridays, you were out of luck. The horse races and other historical exploits are celebrated on a photo collage installed in the building’s new elevator. And then there’s the notorious neon sign that adds both character and colour to the space, saved from the storied Cecil Hotel and repurposed as a temporary art installation in the St. Louis. The main floor was a site location for a Superman 3 movie in 1983 and now hosts community events. The top two floors are home to the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation offices

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Year Built: 1914


Men & Women


Plenty of Street and lot parking

Public Transit Route Info

City Hall C-Train Station

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