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Fairmont Palliser Hotel

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Fairmont Palliser
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General information
Location133 9th Avenue Southwest
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
OpeningJune 1, 1914
OwnerInnVest Hotels
ManagementFairmont Hotels and Resorts
Technical details
Floor count12
Design and construction
ArchitectLawrence Gotch, Edward Maxwell & William Sutherland Maxwell
Other information
Number of rooms407

The Fairmont Palliser, formerly known as the Palliser Hotel, is a hotel of the Canada-based Fairmont Hotels and Resorts chain. The historic hotel (1914) is located in downtown Calgary, Alberta at 133 9th Avenue Southwest adjacent to the Calgary Tower and Palliser Square. The Palliser is one of the City of Calgary's oldest and one of the most luxurious hotels.



When the Canadian Pacific Railway pushed west in 1883, Calgary was essentially a mounted police post and trading centre. With an influx of tourists, mainly en route to Canadian Pacific's Banff Springs hotel, a hospitality spot in Calgary was an essential link.

To encourage the CPR to build the hotel, Calgary City Council offered an exemption on property from taxation, but the CPR would be subject to additional police and fire protection fees, and pave part of 9th avenue.[1] Groundbreaking for the building was on May 12, 1911, on property owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway.[2] It was built by P. Lyall and Sons Construction Company with materials such as stone, steel, reinforced concrete and brick at a cost of $1,500,000.

The Palliser Hotel opened without any pomp or ceremony on June 1, 1914.[3] The hotel's first registered guest was Charles Walsh Rowley, a banker from Winnipeg who previously lived in Calgary.[4] Like all of the flagship Canadian hotels in the Fairmont chain, it was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway and was a property of Canadian Pacific Hotels and Resorts (CP Hotels) until the company purchased the Fairmont Hotel chain and changed its name to Fairmont Hotels and Resorts in 1999.

The hotel was named after Captain John Palliser, who was an explorer in the region during the 1850s. Architect Lawrence Gotch of E. and W.S. Maxwell of Montreal designed the Edwardian building with a characteristic Chicago school look. The building when completed in 1914 was eight stories in height and included a sun parlor, with an additional four floors added in 1929 to keep pace with the growing city. The hotel expanded from 190 staff when opened in 1914 to 375 in 1929.[5]

Upon the addition of four stories in 1929, the Palliser Hotel became the tallest building in Calgary, a title it retained until Elveden Centre eclipsed the Palliser in 1958.[6]

The Palliser Hotel has been renovated and expanded a number of times throughout its history, including a $28 million renovation in 2000.[3] Further enhancements and renovations in recent years included an update to Fairmont Gold and many guest rooms.

The Palliser, and the Hotel Macdonald in Edmonton, received the first two liquor licences from the Alberta Liquor Control Board when Alberta repealed Prohibition in 1924. The Palliser Hotel's tavern was the last male-only bar room in Calgary, finally allowing women in 1970.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b Chavich, Cinda (April 7, 1996). "The Palliser...still one of Cowtown's fanciest places to wine, dine and recline". Calgary Herald. p. B2.
  2. ^ "Palliser Hotel". Calgary Public Library. July 2005. Archived from the original on February 3, 2007. Retrieved April 13, 2007.
  3. ^ a b Fairmont Palliser November 19, 2020 at Emporis
  4. ^ "Palliser Hotel is Opened Without Pomp or Ceremony". Calgary Herald (3516). June 1, 1914. p. 1.
  5. ^ "Big C.P.R. Hotel is Now Calgary's Tallest Building". Calgary Herald (5706). September 26, 1929. p. 8. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  6. ^ "Hotel History". Fairmont Palliser. Retrieved September 15, 2015.

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