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Vancouver Now & Then: The (haunted) Pennsylvania Hotel in 1931 and 2020

Workers onsite for the 2008 upgrade of the historic building reported some unusual activity...
Pennsylvania Hotel
Once offering fancy suites for visitors to Vancouver, the historic Pennsylvania Hotel on Carrall Street is now supportive housing.

Originally named the Woods Hotel when it was built in 1906, the Pennsylvania Hotel (412 Carrall St) offered luxury suites for weary travellers for two or three dollars a night.

Time took a heavy toll on the building until a multi-million dollar renovation (including a new turret!) in 2008 transformed it into a home for low-income residents (operated by the Portland Hotel Society), as well as a designated historic site.

And it’s (reportedly) haunted.

Pennsylvania Hotel
Once offering fancy suites for visitors to Vancouver, the historic Pennsylvania Hotel on Carrall Street is now supportive housing. John Bentley/Vancouver Now & Then (2020) and Vancouver Archives (1931)

John Bentley is an architectural photographer who has photographed the inside and outside of thousands of buildings around Vancouver. Using images from the Vancouver Archives he offers a glimpse of the past and present on his site Vancouver Now & Then

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