Empress Hotel ~ Victoria


This hotel was built between 1904 and 1908, and has since been enlarged twice. The architect, Francis M. Rattenbury, followed the practice of the Canadian Pacific Railway in employing the Chateau Style, identifiable by the steep slate roof and the Gothic Revival gables. Rattenbury modified this style using a symmetrical plan and flanking pavilions which give a strong vertical emphasis to the design. These elements make the Empress Hotel an important transitional building in the development of the Chateau style, which emerged as a distinctively Canadian approach to railway hotel building.

Tea Time at the Empress is a big thing.  I however didn't go in for tea, I went in for the photography!!

Empress from across the Harbour.

Flowers are all in bloom in the Gardens at the Empress.