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Former York Hotel

181 St-François Street, Edmundston, New Brunswick, E3V, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/01/30

Photo of the Former York Hotel, taken in 1940 when the hotel was managed by Charles and Edmund Parker.; Town of Edmunston
Former York Hotel
Photo of the front of the Former York Hotel.; Société historique du Madawaska
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Other Name(s)

Former York Hotel
Hôtel Geo. (Georges) Ringuette
Hôtel National
Hôtel Parker

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Construction Date(s)

1913/01/01 to 1914/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/09/08

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Former York Hotel, located across from the Canadian National Railways station on St-François Street in Edmundston, is a 3-story Neoclassical commercial building with a rectangular plan and flat roof.

Heritage Value

The Former York Hotel is designated a Local Historic Place for its location and for its architecture.

The Former York Hotel is recognized as one of the few old hotels in the city of Edmundston. It is located across from the CNR station. It is a symbol of the importance of the railroad in the region’s demographic and economic growth. At the time, it was built mainly to accommodate the CNR workers, as well as visitors to the region.

Georges Ringuette built this hotel in 1913-1914. It is Neoclassical in style with its rectangular plan and flat roof, the simplicity of its forms, and the symmetry of the openings. Completely transformed over the years, it lost two stories following a fire in 1975. The hotel closed and was eventually converted into an apartment building in the 1980s. The dimensions of its foundation remain the same, along with the original openings on the façade and its rectangular plan. It is one of the few old hotels in the city that still survive either in part or in full.

Source: Patrimoine Madawaska: groupe Hôtels anciens (pp. 105-114).

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements that describe the site of the Former York Hotel include:
- location across from the CNR station;
- original foundation;
- rectangular plan;
- flat roof;
- original openings on façade.



New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Community Planning Act

Recognition Type

Local Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1975/01/01 to 1975/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type


Multiple Dwelling


Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn
Commerce / Commercial Services
Eating or Drinking Establishment

Architect / Designer



Georges Ringuette

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Centre d'études Madawaskayennes

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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