Virginia creeper-clad Fairmont Empress Hotel

30 09 2008

Located front and center in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, The Fairmont Empress is an imposing, Virginia creeper-clad thing of beauty! This year the Fairmont Empress, known for its world-famous afternoon tea, turns 100 years old. The Empress is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Over 130,000 visitors come here each year.

The Edwardian, chateau-style 477-room hotel was designed by Francis Rattenbury (whose biography rivals modern day soap operas). It was built between 1904 and 1908. Rattenbury also designed the Legislative Buildings in Victoria.

Read Robert Fulford’s column from the Globe and Mail: “Rattenbury: The Case of the Murdered Victoria Architect,” for details about Rattenbury’s rather interesting personal life. And click here for the UK census bureau information on the Rattenbury family.

From http://www.encyclopedia.com: “The walls of Ivy League colleges are not covered with ivy; they’re covered with Virginia creeper. Still, the name “Creeper League” colleges wouldn’t conjure up visions of institutions for higher learning.” © Lee Reich, Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque

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30 09 2008
sue

Next visit to Victoria, bring the car because there is so much to see beyond just downtown! It’s a beautiful and fun place to visit.

5 10 2008
Richard Wong

I like how you grouped your images together Cindy. Victoria is a great place. I went there when I was a little kid and need to revisit.

5 10 2008
cindydyer

Hi Richard,

Thanks for the comment. It’s probably my graphic design background in play when you see the way I group my photos! I’m off to visit your photo blog now!

Cindy

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