Sunday, 23 November 2008

Hotel Europe


Hotel Europe, Vancouver's very own flatiron building.

Architects: Parr and Fee
Completed: 1909

10 comments :

JM said...

Very nice building, indeed!

Sharon said...

I like it. I especially like the "crown molding" around the top.

babooshka said...

Definitley not whay you'd see in the UK, and that's a shame. lways liked this corner building

jill said...

Nice building, looks good on the outside. Would love to see the interior.

Bob Crowe said...

Well, it's sort of the same shape but the differences between the two buildings distinguish the personalities of Vancouver and New York.

Benjamin Madison said...

I was just thinking of this building the other day and then I started thinking maybe I just imagined it, so I am glad you have posted a pic of it and that it still exists. Where is it? Somewhere around Gastown?

Wayne said...

Benjamin, Nope you weren't imagining it. It sits where Alexander St. and Powell St. converge at Maple Tree Square. Where the Gassy Jack statue is.

I wonder how many flatiron buildings there are? I was just referring to the shape and didn't intend to imply it was anything like the famous Flatiron Building in NYC. The real Flatiron Building was completed in 1902 and is steel girder construction. The Hotel Europe is poured concrete. The first reinforced, poured concrete building in Canada.

Thanks, as always, for all your comments.

angela said...

Well, I've never seen a building like this. It's very striking. Any chance of an interior shot?

Wayne said...

Angela, it's not too likely that I'll ever get inside. The building was converted to apartments under an affordable, or subsidized, housing program.

Before that I'm sure it had been many decades since it was considered a fine hotel. I can sort of recall the pub that was there and I'm sure I'd have been scared out of my wits to go into it.

Jackie said...

You know, I'd never heard of the term "flatiron" until I posted a picture of a corner building on Glasgow DP. Don't let anyone telling you daily photo blogs aren't educational.