Photo Credit: Rob Atkins
166 E Hastings St, Vancouver BC
The Roosevelt Hotel is significant because it was the home of Molson’s Bank, one of several privately-financed banks founded in the mid-nineteenth century in Canada. It was an example of eastern Canadian capital investment in British Columbia. The bank had 125 branches across Canada by 1925, when it was absorbed by the Bank of Montreal. This East End Branch was built in this location, in the heart of Vancouver’s early commercial and civic core, to serve the financial needs of the surrounding retail and accommodation outlets.
In 2017, Molson’s bank/Roosevelt Hotel won a City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Honour recognizing the restoration of the brick work and terra cotta, including the restoration of interior elements.
Canada's Historic Places