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Sylvia Hotel

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Identification

Sylvia Hotel
The Sylvia
198988

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
concrete
masonry
terra-cotta
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

hotel

Facts

  • Designated a Heritage Building in March 1976.
  • One of the city's best examples of Edwardian classicism.
  • Tallest building in the West End from 1912-1958.
  • The exterior is covered with Virginia Creeper ivy.
  • From 1936 until the early 1960s it was converted into apartments, as the Sylvia Court, and then back to hotel usage.
  • Opened as a 77-room apartment block on May 3, 1913.
  • Originally the Sylvia Court, it was named after owner Abraham Goldstein's 12-year-old daughter (who died in 2002 at the age of 102).
  • The city's very first cocktail bar was opened here in 1954 with a view of the beach and English Bay, The Bayside Lounge. It was frequented by the likes of Errol Flynn and Malcolm Lowery.
  • For many years a rooftop neon sign once glowed in the night proclaiming, 'Dine in the Sky'.

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Location

1154 Gilford Street
1154 Gilford Street at Beach Avenue
V6G 2P6
West End
Vancouver
British Columbia
Canada

Technical Data

86.98 ft
8
1911
1912
1987

Involved Companies

W.P. White

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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