The offices and broadcast studios of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation were in this hotel for many years until the CBC opened their own offices, the CBC Regional Broadcast Centre, on Hamilton Street. They were located on the mezzanine level overlooking Georgia and Hornby until the 1970s. A large sound stage, in the art-deco style, was located on the main floor and was used for radio theatre and musical broadcasts.
Another interesting rumour I just heard. Apparently the thirteenth floor of this hotel is haunted and closed to visitors. Of course I am not declaring that to be fact but it does make you wonder. I know that there is no floor named thirteen so it would be the equivalent. Another mystery that I may one day find the answer to.
At the corner of Georgia and Burrard stands the oldest church structure in Vancouver and the oldest stone church in the lower mainland. The Christ Church Cathedral.
The original foundation was made of granite quarried from Little Mountain. A temporary roof was installed allowing the first service to be held in October of 1889. Parishioners had their church, sort of, but two years later, in 1891, its existence was threatened. The CPR labelled the building an eye sore and threatened to have it torn down. Fortunately a group got together and put together a financing plan that would allow them to finish construction. The first cornerstone was laid on July 28, 1894 and the church was officially dedicated on February 17, 1895.
This Gothic Revival sandstone building features an interior that is awe inspiring. I stepped inside and the sneakers I was wearing squeaked on the polished floors. Although the kind woman sitting behind a desk told me not to worry, I walked on my tippy toes while taking my photos. The place inspires that kind of reverence.
More treats and surprises tomorrow.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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