The Empress Hotel built in 1908 just off "Five Corners" in the heart of the City of Chilliwack is no more than a pile of rubble now. The property purchased by the City of Chilliwack in July this year awaits redevelopment.
|Ian Meissner © Empress Hotel Final Days|
It is a little ironic perhaps that in 1965 Victoria's Empress Hotel (circa 1904-1908) was threatened with demolition and new high rise hotel was slanted to replace the Francis Rattenbury masterpiece. A massive public outcry turned the tide and the Hotel was saved, restored, refurbished and remains a crown attraction on Victoria's inner harbour.
In Chilliwack the little country namesake Empress went, not with an outcry, but, with a boom.
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