As the years passed things changed and so did this structure. The Union Bank was taken over by the Royal Bank, and for a number of years the structure was known to Edmontonians as the Northwest Trust Building. With so much of Edmonton’s Heritage slipping away with new construction, new life was about to be breathed into the Union Bank Building. Taken over by Edmonton Real Estate Broker Diane Buchanan, Diane drew upon her experiences and her enjoyment of Inns in her travels to Europe. Her vision is what we see today in the rebirth of the Union Bank Building, to the Union Bank Inn, which opened in 1997.
Today, the Union Bank Inn is the best of the boutique hotels in Edmonton’s downtown area. The facility was awarded a Historic Designation Award, which we display proudly to this day. With increasing demand, a new addition was added, bringing the Inn into the new millennium. The new wing then featured 20 business class guestrooms and suites along with our elegant Giverny Ballroom.
It was at the time of the new expansion that Shelley Klein, a career hotelier, was brought on board, and took Diane’s vision to the next level. After three years together Shelley and Diane were about to see a further evolution in 2003. Shelley’s husband, Wes Klein, sold his interest in his business and was about to reinvest in a new company and create a new partnership. That partnership was Shelley and Wes partnering with Diane Buchanan in the Union Bank Inn. We are very proud of our strong partnership, and the wonderful team at the Union Bank Inn.