Empress Hotel

Empress Hotel (HMX81)

Location: Victoria, BC V8W 1W5 Capital
Country: Canada
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N 48° 25.305', W 123° 22.102'

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L'Hotel Empress

This hotel was built between 1904 and 1908, and has since been enlarged twice. The architect, Francis M. Rattenbury, followed the practice of the Canadian Pacific Railway in employing the Chateau style, identifiable by the steep slate roof and Gothic Revival gables. Rattenbury modified this style using a symmetrical plan and flanking pavilions which give a strong vertical emphasis to the design. These elements make the Empress Hotel an important transitional building in the development of the Chateau style, which emerged as the distinctively Canadian approach to railway hotel buildings.

?rig? entre 1904 et 1908 pour le Canadien Pacifique, cet h?tel fut agrandi ? deux reprises. L'architecte Francis M. Rattenbury con?ut un h?tel de style Ch?teau, caract?ris? par un toit en ardoise ? pente aigu? et des gables n?o-gothiques. Il innova toutefois en modifiant le style dans le sens de la sym?trie et de la verticalit?a qu'il accentua par des pavillons lat?raux. Ces modifications font de l'h?tel Empress un ?difice de transition dans l'?volution du style Ch?teau, qui deviendra caract?ristique des h?tels appartenant aux compagnies de chemins de fer canadiens.

HM NumberHMX81
Placed ByHistoric Sites and Monuments Board of Canada/Commission des lieux et monuments historiques du Canada
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 1:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)10U E 472746 N 5363243
Decimal Degrees48.42175000, -123.36836667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 48° 25.305', W 123° 22.102'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds48° 25' 18.30" N, 123° 22' 6.12" W
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Area Code(s)321
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 792 Government St, Victoria BC V8W 1W5, CA
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