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Canadia Pacific Railway, Station at New Westminster(1899)
New Westminster, BC, Canada
Transportation, Station; brick and stone
Client: Canadian Pacific Railway Company
Description: Although more modest than his McAdam Junction CPR station (42), this station for New Westminster is still impressive. The town, founded in 1859, was then a modest suburb of Vancouver (itself a rather modest agglomeration then); and the station stood just a few miles from the terminus of the Transcontinental. Maxwell designed for Vancouver in 1897-1898 an impressive Château style hotel and station (40) clad in Calgary sandstone and buff brick (demolished in 1913). The New Westminster station and depot, built immediately following a fire that destroyed most of the central business area of the town in 1898, is also clad in brick with some stone and measures 90 by 40 feet. The two massive towers on the track-side, the sweeping and steeply pitched roofs and the bold yet ornate masonry all around imparted an unequivocal impression of solidity and permanence. Hence, it is the only of four Edward Maxwell station designs to survive in BC; in addition to the Vancouver Terminal, both Glacier House (35) and the Fraser Valley Hotel (34) have been torn down.
While the exterior has remained mostly untouched since the building completion in 1899, the interior underwent drastic remodelling. The station housed a restaurant and lounge for some years and only a ticket office remains in the former baggage room to remind one of the building’s former glory.
Holdings: Station; brick and stone
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