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Terminus Hotel

Address

36 WATER St, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

Downtown

Type

Commercial

Protection

D

Significance

A

Description

The Terminus Hotel is a three-storey brick facade, supported by steel braces, located mid-block on the south side of Water Street in the historic district of Gastown. The Terminus Hotel facade is also significant as a surviving design by architect Emil Guenther (born 1855), who had a brief but notable local career, designing commercial buildings in New Westminster and Vancouver, including the nearby Sherdahl Block/Dominion Hotel.

Constructed 1888-1889 and attributed to Bunning and Kelso, this early hotel is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The south side of Water Street became Vancouver’s first hotel district after the Great Fire and the north side was the waterfront until it was filled in the Canadian Pacific Railway just prior to 1890.

Source

Canada's Historic Places, Vancouver Heritage Inventory Phase II 1986 Summary Report