Custom Search

Friday, August 15, 2014

After Dark 3 - The Fairmont Empress Hotel

Here is the third Rattenbury-designed building that frames Victoria's Inner Harbour, the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Like the Legislative Assembly Building and the Bateman Centre it's also monumental, but with a completely different style. I suspect the differences in style between these three buildings may contribute to the feeling of many visitors that they are in some kind of theme park - here is Greekland (the Bateman Centre), over there is Romanland (The Legislative Assembly Building) and on the other side is a bit of French Chateau-land (the Fairmont Empress). Toss in the vaguely Art Nouveau Visitors' Centre (formerly a Mobil Gas Station) on the extreme left of the above photo and the mix becomes truly eclectic.


JoJo said...

The architecture in Victoria's Inner Harbour is the best.

William Kendall said...

I find the architectural styles, though quite different, compliment each other quite well.

Stephanie said...

Looks beautiful all lit up.