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The Empress Hotel, Victoria, British Columbia

Historic Hotels

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue June 14, 1993
Year 1993
Quantity 3,000,000
Denomination
43¢
Perforation or Dimension 13.5
Series Historic Hotels
Series Time Span 1993
Printer Ashton-Potter Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $0.90
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.45
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About Stamp

Five splendid examples of Canadian architecture - CPR hotels of grand scale - are depicted in a new commemorative stamp booklet to be issued June 14, 1993. Richly ornate, these hotels were built originally as stop-overs for travellers - catering to nobility and head of state - or as resorts for the privileged. The stamp issue also marks the centenary of the opening of the Château Frontenac in Quebec. The other hotels include: the Algonquin, St. Andrews; the Royal York in Toronto; Banff Springs; and the Empress Hotel in Victoria. This hotel was opened in 1908. Local businessmen had convinced the CPR that a fast ferry service from the mainland and a deluxe hotel in Victoria would be essential for the tourist trade. Francis Rattenbury, designer of the BC Legislature, was commissioned to develop a hotel. Built on reclaimed swampland, the Empress overlooks the inner harbour. A magnificent example of the Château style, its architectural details reflect the hotel's location, heritage and character. Gentility reigns and "tea at the Empress" is a tradition continuing to the present day.

Creators

Designed by Kosta Tsetsekas.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, No. 10, 1993, p. 1, 14, 16-17.

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