This grand old building is at the corner of Beach Avenue and Gilford Street. The Sylvia Hotel was built in 1912 by Booker, Campbell and Whipple Construction Company and designed by Seattle architect W.P.White. The original owner, Mr. Goldstein, named the building for his daughter Sylvia.
Originally this landmark building was known as the Sylvia Court Apartments but during the depression the building and its residents fell on hard times and in 1936 it became an apartment hotel.
During World War II many of the suites were converted to rooms to provide accomodations for the crew of the merchant marine.
The terracotta extension is softened by the Virginia Creeper that now covers the Gilford Street side of the building.
It is a lot easier to see the foliage on the walls when there are leaves and greenery. But it is still too early in the season for that.
In 1954 Vancouver's first cocktail bar opened at the Sylvia Hotel and until 1958 the Sylvia was the tallest building in the West End. In fact the hotel restaurant's slogan was 'Dine in the Sky'.
After graduating from the University of British Columbia, Sylvia moved with her family to Los Angeles where she worked for a labour union. She returned to Vancouver in 1928 where she met her husband Harry Ablowitz when she attracted his attention by diving into False Creek from a boat carrying Jewish singles on a cruise.
Before I go I would like to wish the most important woman in my life a belated happy birthday. I hope you have many more Mommy.
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