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Manitoba Hotel

50 West Cordova Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2003/01/14

Manitoba Hotel; City of Vancouver
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Other Name(s)

Manitoba Hotel
Hildon Hotel

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/01/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Manitoba Hotel is a six-storey glazed brick Edwardian commercial building on West Cordova Street near Carrall Street in Vancouver’s historic Gastown area.

Heritage Value

The value of this designated Edwardian hotel is associated with Gastown’s history in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century as a mixed-use district being the centre for Vancouver’s trade and manufacturing. This type of hotel was in high demand not only to provide central, inexpensive housing for workers but also to accommodate travelers and businessmen. This hotel and those like it in the immediate area contributed to the bustling street-level retail activity in the area.

The historic value of this building also lies in its relationship to the surrounding neighbourhood and to adjacent buildings as part of the evolving streetscape. The Hotel Manitoba, as did many others in Gastown, served a combined function of providing commercial space on the ground floor for a wide range of tenants, and lodging and residential space on the upper floors. The building has been in continuous use for accommodation, as the Hotel Manitoba until 1954, and to the present as the Hildon Hotel.

Noted architect William Tuff Whiteway designed the Manitoba Hotel in 1909. The building’s classically-inspired Edwardian design, massing and scale speak to the period’s evolving building technology, and to the shift in the social structure and economy that occurred at the turn of the century. Its height and simplified symmetrically-arranged facade of white brick typifies the change from the Victorian era and in this new form, evokes this major economic boom period in the west.

Source: City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements of the Manitoba Hotel include:
- the relationship between this building and its neighbours
- rectangular form and massing
- white glazed brick on symmetrically arranged front facade, punctuated by rectangular sash windows
- external characteristics of the Edwardian style including glazed brick construction, stone trim, massive sheet metal cornice, and pattern of fenestration
- continued use to provide housing on the upper floors
- continued use of the main floor for retail shops



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

City of Vancouver

Recognition Statute

Vancouver Charter, s.593

Recognition Type

Heritage Designation

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Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type



Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn

Architect / Designer

William Tuff Whiteway



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program

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Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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