Old City Quarter Heritage Walk
Everything changed in 1886 when the railway came to town. It was the same year as the Occidental Hotel was built and signaled the beginning of a growth that reached a fever pitch in the roaring 20's. Many came to work in the mines, forest or fishing industries and the city welcomed each and every one of them.
In 1916 an Edwardian building across the street from the Occidental Hotel was designed by E. J. Bresemann. He took great care to mirror the angled front doors of the Occidental on his building (the Rawlinson & Glaholm Grocers) creating a type of funnel to pour the masses arriving by train down past the city's new businesses.
Like back then it's a bit of a steep climb from downtown but well worth the trip across the Bastion Bridge. I always find it interesting that Terminal Avenue below the bridge was a tidal inlet! More about this in a later article.
Once you cross the bridge you will see some brightly coloured buildings from 1920 called Boomtown structures because of the false fronts. Much like a movie set they were built to appear more than they actually were.
Continue on your way up the street to rest in Fibber Magees with a beverage before wandering down to the shops in Fitzwilliam Mews.
A little exercise, a little food and libation, some culture and a bit of shopping along the way is definitely a recipe for one fine day.
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