“It might have been due to liquor laws that discouraged visible drinking, or perhaps it was because street-level property on Jasper was once too valuable, but there was a time when downtown Edmonton’s fanciest bars and restaurants were located in basements. Churchills…finally closed its doors in the basement of the Cambridge Building on the corner of Jasper Ave and Rice Howard Way late in the 1980s; it’s like people forgot the space was even there. Tucked away behind locked doors, just off a tunnel on the Churchill Station LRT pedway, is how it stayed, even when the vacant office building above it was converted into residential condominiums. “It’s a blast from the past,” says Casey McLelland of Colliers International, the real estate firm that’s handling the property. “You walk through it and it looks like they were frying burgers there just the day before.” (Image 1 from Vintage Edmonton) “It might have been due to liquor laws that discouraged visible drinking, or perhaps it was because street-level property on Jasper was once too valuable, but there was a time when downtown Edmonton’s fanciest bars and restaurants were located in basements. Churchills…finally closed its doors in the basement of the Cambridge Building on the corner of Jasper Ave and Rice Howard Way late in the 1980s; it’s like people forgot the space was even there. Tucked away behind locked doors, just off a tunnel on the Churchill Station LRT pedway, is how it stayed, even when the vacant office building above it was converted into residential condominiums. “It’s a blast from the past,” says Casey McLelland of Colliers International, the real estate firm that’s handling the property. “You walk through it and it looks like they were frying burgers there just the day before.” (Image 1 from Vintage Edmonton)

It might have been due to liquor laws that discouraged visible drinking, or perhaps it was because street-level property on Jasper was once too valuable, but there was a time when downtown Edmonton’s fanciest bars and restaurants were located in basements. Churchills…finally closed its doors in the basement of the Cambridge Building on the corner of Jasper Ave and Rice Howard Way late in the 1980s; it’s like people forgot the space was even there. Tucked away behind locked doors, just off a tunnel on the Churchill Station LRT pedway, is how it stayed, even when the vacant office building above it was converted into residential condominiums. “It’s a blast from the past,” says Casey McLelland of Colliers International, the real estate firm that’s handling the property. “You walk through it and it looks like they were frying burgers there just the day before.” (Image 1 from Vintage Edmonton)