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IN PICTURES:The Prince Edward Hotel before it closed

The Prince Edward Hotel at 100

Even as it attracted fewer and fewer guests, the Prince Edward Hotel retained a grandeur that made it a natural subject for urban photography.

That only intensified after it was boarded up, and people began to consider seriously the possibility that it would be knocked down.

Here are a few photos of the structure in its final years.

(Above: The Prince Edward Hotel seen from the roof of the Alexandra Block, on 10th Street. Taken June 27, 1963. Photo by L.A. Stuckey / SJ McKee Archives)

Above: Another photo, taken the same day as the previous one (June 27, 1963), from the roof of the Alexandra Block. This one shows Princess Avenue looking east, including the Prince Edward Hotel, the old City Hall, and the Central Fire Station. LA Stuckey / SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: Brandon in 1968, seen from the roof of the Christie Building, looking looking southwest with Ninth Street in the foreground. LA Stuckey / SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: The Prince Edward Hotel in 1968. Brandon Sun file photo.)

 

(Above: A closeup of the front of the Prince Edward Hotel in 1968. Brandon Sun file)

 

(Above: An undated colour postcard of the Prince Edward Hotel. Note that it is still flying the Union Jack. Published by the Western Smallwares & Stationary Co., Ltd. Courtesy the Brandon General Museum and Archive)

(Above: A commemorative postcard that reads, on the back: "The Prince Edward Motor Hotel. Situated in the heart of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. With excellent licensed facilities, we are prepared to serve you with a complete line of hotel services. Your hosts are Guy Laliberte and Tony Griffin. Stay at the 'Big One'." Courtesy the Brandon General Museum and Archive.)

(Above: Another undated colour postcard of the Prince Edward Hotel, this one distributed by the Brandon Magazine & News Co. Ltd. Courtesy the Brandon General Museum and Archive.)

(Above: John Halliday, well-known maitre d’ of the Prince Edward Hotel, holds the sign that marks the closure of the hotel, Jan. 29, 1975. Dirk Aberson / Brandon Sun file)

(Above: The Prince Edward Hotel in the late 1970s, in a photo taken after it had been closed and boarded up. Brandon Sun file)

(Above: The Prince Edward Hotel and CNR depot in 1979, seen from the south. D.L. Bottley / SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: A view of the train station portion at the south end of the Prince Edward Hotel. Known as the "Red Caboose". Undated, but late 1970s. Dirk Aberson / Brandon Sun file)

(Above: A sign nailed to the boarded-up door of the Prince Edward Hotel in November 1979 reads "Jesus saves, Devil destroys." Dirk Aberson / Brandon Sun file)

 

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