This 1913 building has undergone a few name changes
over the years. It was originally called the Hotel Seward, then the Howard Hotel, and the Empire Hotel. Today it is a privately-owned SRO hotel called the Brandiz. Back in the day this was a bustling corner of the city, with neighbours like the Pantages Theatre
and the White Lunch Cafe
. It's original
price tag was $60,000 and today is assessed at just over $10 million
. (1935 Major Matthews image from the City of Vancouver City Archives).