Friday’s Calgary Herald spilled the beans on a project that we’ve been working on for the past while with Calgary’s iconic Smithbilt Hat Company. The longtime manufacturer of the cowboy hats so representative of our City envisions an adaptive re-use of the 100+ year old Fletcher Mills (known to many as Sure-Gain) in Inglewood to be their new home.
Once restored and improved, the Mill will house the manufacturing, retail and community activities of Smithbilt. It will also have a very interesting residential component in the upper levels of the metal-clad, wood-framed agricultural building. The entire project, the vision, and the commitment to a re-use of a historic resource says volumes about the character of Smithbilt and the primary owner Cam Clark.
There have certainly been challenges to move this to reality, but it has been a pleasure for our office to be a part of it. Even if the Herald misidentified me!