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Victoria in Capital Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

The Oriental Hotel

Built 1883;1888

 
 
The Oriental Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
1. The Oriental Hotel Marker
Inscription. William McKeon operated the Oriental Saloon on this site, at the corner of Oriental Alley, prior to 1883. That year, he commissioned architect John Teague to build the Oriental Hotel on the lot next door. Teague doubled the size of the hotel in 1888, adding this corner entrance and an imposing tower.

The hotel then had about 80 bedrooms, each with a fireplace and closets. On the ground floor were ladies’ and gentlemen’s dining saloons able to seat over 200 diners.

McKeon operated the hotel until 1903. Under different owners the hotel was later known as the St. Francis. Although the tower has been removed, the building remains one of the most significant structures in Old Town.

[Photo credit]
BCARS HP11814
 
Erected by British Columbia Heritage Trust.
 
Location. 48° 25.617′ N, 123° 22.148′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital Regional District. Marker is on Yates Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 Yates Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8W, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Earle Warehouse (a few steps from this marker); Leiser Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Waddington Alley

Detail from the Oriental Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
2. Detail from the Oriental Hotel Marker
Note the original tower.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Shop/Warehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); S.J. Pitts, Importer (within shouting distance of this marker); Victoria, B.C. (within shouting distance of this marker); The Majestic Theatre (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Market Square’s Main Gate Fountain (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Oriental Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 14, 2011
3. The Oriental Hotel Marker
The Oriental Hotel Under Renovation image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 15, 2011
4. The Oriental Hotel Under Renovation
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 3, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 409 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 3, 2011, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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