This neighbourhood probably is the poorest and toughest post code here in Vancouver… I also heard Hotel Empress was purported to be the ‘world’s narrowest tallest hotel’ when built!
So I did some digging…
The building is an oddity as it is very tall and narrow. The pairs of windows emphasize the symmetry of the original design, while the bands of rusticated stone over each pair of windows add refined ornamentation. The name of the building is noted on three forms of signage, including a 1940s neon sign.
Source: City of Vancouver Heritage Conservation Program
There it is… on a cloudy Sunday afternoon – Hotel Empress!