Royal Hotel – Granville Street

This is the Royal Hotel on the west side of the 1000 block of Granville Street, seen here in 1929. It was built in 1911 and developed by (the Building Permit says) Dr Boyle and Lewerke. The 1911 street Directory identifies two people called Lewerke involved in real estate, Alfred and Ralph (and only three people with that name in the entire city).

Robert C Boyle is identified as a physician, living on Robson Street and with an office on West Hastings. Parr and Fee were the architects (as they were for most of Granville Street – as the post above shows). The building was built by Hemphill Brothers at a cost of $60,000 and this 1929 Vancouver Public Library image shows it was a substantial building in a block of more modest scale. A 1911 lien on the property initiated by Fred Cunningham identifies the developers as R C Boyle and John Lewerke. Mr. Lewerke was a Dutch-born logger and mill owner who had apparently left Vancouver not long before the property was developed. Alfred was his son, who was christened John, like his father, but used a different name, presumably to avoid confusion.


Posted 26 December 2011 by ChangingCity in Downtown, Still Standing

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