Tuesday, January 6, 2009
"It all started with Lt. Commander J.W. Hobbs, an entrepreneur who worked for a Toronto bond trading house.
. . . When it opened in 1930, at a cost of $2.3 million ($1.1 million over budget), the Marine Building was the talk of the town. Uniformed doormen stood by massive brass doors opening onto the dazzling lobby and sailor-suited women waited to escort passengers in five high-speed elevators, the walls of which were inlaid with 12 varieties of British Columbia hardwoods. It was by far the most glamorous structure many visitors had seen in their lives."
Check the Marine Building Website for more interesting facts...