Historic Vancouver: Sylvia Hotel Turns 100

Photo credit: Stephen Dyrgas | Flickr

Photo credit: Stephen Dyrgas | Flickr

The views from Vancouver’s English Bay are hard to resist: ocean, snowcapped mountains, a cruise ship or two headed to sea.  But turn back toward shore and you’ll be rewarded with something more: a mini lesson on Vancouver history.

Beach Avenue is lined with architecture that marks Vancouver’s march from West Coast outpost to cosmopolitan mecca.  There’s a mock-Tudor-style apartment block, bleak ’70s-era concrete towers, gleaming new condo high-rises with mirrored glass and – most impressive of all – the eight-story, ivy-covered Sylvia Hotel.

It was 1913 when the Sylvia first opened her doors as a 77-unit apartment block.  At the time, Beach Avenue was still lined with houses, an idyllic residential suburb removed from the bustle of downtown.

A century later, English Bay has been swallowed by downtown Vancouver but the Sylvia  remains almost unchanged – a graceful reminder of a simpler time. Continue reading:
Historic Vancouver: Sylvia Hotel Turns 100