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. When it opened in 1929, the Royal York Hotel was not only the largest hotel in the Empire, but the tallest building as well. Built on the eve of the Great Depression, this classical-styled edifice of Louisiana Limestone was the last of the CPR's chain of luxury hotels. It was erected on the site of the Queen's Hotel, the first in Canada to have a passenger elevator, running water in each room and en-suite bathtubs. It is said that Macdonald planned Confederation at the Queen's Hotel, which served as his party's headquarters. Entertainment, grand balls and exotic night life are still enjoyed by visiting royalty and international dignitaries.
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