. moxam apartments
721 13 Avenue SW
Immediately west of the Lougheed mansion stand the Moxam and Congress apartments, two apartment blocks built from an identical design. Built at the height of Calgary’s pre-World War I boom, the buildings helped transform 13th Avenue from a street dominated by mansions of the wealthy to a built-up urban area. But Senator Loughheed was behind it himself: he sold five lots to Winnipeg developer John Moxam (1882-1941), who had recently moved to Calgary, and helped finance the construction project. Each building had fourteen spacious apartments intended for well-to-do tenants. Moxam sold the eponymous eastern block to an English investor but briefly lived in it himself before moving to Victoria. Another noted tenant was Charles Comba, general foreman of Calgary’s street railway system. Moxam built the western block, originally named Houlton House, for real estate agent Sydney Houlton. The suites in Houlton House were subdivided in 1938 and the building was renamed Congress Apartments.
(Historic Walks of Calgary, Harry Sanders, 2005, Red Deer:Red Deer Press, pp.251-253)
The Moxam is one of two identical apartment buildings erected in 1911-12 by John A. Moxam, a prominent developer from Winnipeg, Manitoba, who bought the land from Senator James Lougheed. The building is three storeys high with a full basement, and presents a flat front to the street, capped by a deep pressed metal cornice. The facade is finished in yellow brick, with simulated quoins at the corners. An attractive balcony projects at the centre. The building has a very good and dignified design and composition, and retains many fine interior details. It is in very good condition, and forms part of a very good streetscape. (1982)
(Calgary Heritage Authority, Building Summary 05-103)
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