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Dec. 13, 1982: The Tegler Building goes out with a bang

The Tegler Building spent its last day in Edmonton being reduced to a pile of rubble on the corner of 101st Street and 102nd Avenue. Demolishing the building was a spectacle not often seen in the downtown with onlookers catching the last glimpse of the historic building.

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From the archives: The Tegler Building gets demolished

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On Dec. 13, 1982, Edmonton's Tegler Building was reduced to a pile of rubble in the heart of downtown to make way for the Bank of Montreal office building. 1:28

On the final day of its existence, the Tegler Building was reduced to a pile of rubble on the corner of 101st Street and 102nd Avenue.

Demolishing the historic building was a spectacle not often seen in the downtown. A crowd of onlookers had gathered for a last glimpse.

Once the tallest building in Edmonton, the seven-storey Tegler Building was built by Robert Tegler in 1912. It was two storeys taller than any other building in the city.

It was brought down by 450 explosive charges. A gigantic cloud of dust rolled through the city's centre like a wave on the ocean.

With the building gone, the Bank of Montreal, which purchased the Tegler in 1978, had a place to construct a new branch and corporate office.

In the video, the CBC's Harry Nuttall describes the preparation and spectacular implosion in his report from Dec. 13, 1982.

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