Cranbrook Buildings: 0050.0290

NEW BUILDINGS – No Wild, Mad Rush, Still the Number Is Increasing at a Gratifying Rate.

            Counting buildings of all sorts, there is not a day passes without one or more being started in Cranbrook.  In particularizing The Herald mentions those of the most substantial order, so outside readers must bear in mind that those costing well up in four figures only are mentioned and that many smaller ones are constantly in process of construction.

            A frame building, two stories is being erected on Baker street, opposite the Canadian Bank of Commerce, and is one of the better class; it was started by order of W.A. Hamilton, C.P.R. land commissioner, who pays the bills on demand with his own personal checks.  It has been reported that the structure is for occupation by the Bank of Montreal.  Upon being interrogated by the reporter V. Hyde Baker, local agent for the townsite company, would neither affirm or deny the correctness of the report.  C.P.R. carpenters are doing the labor.

            Another two-story building, if not started by the time this in print, will be very soon after, it will join the Cranbrook hotel on the west, be 40x 60 feet in dimension, and two stories in height; it will be frame, of the most substantial nature, and built by day labor.  It will be for mercantile purposes and for rent.

            Mr. Baker’s belief in Cranbrook is greater than the length of his purse; this is his third large building here, and he will continue on that line as fast as he can dig up.

            Gov. Hanson’s new building is progressing as rapidly as money can make it and good workmanship will allow.  The second story will be devoted mainly to furnished rooms – 14 or 16.  As the governor will furnish them in the way he so well knows how to do, and Mrs. Mary Donahue have charge of them, they will have no need of recommendation from anyone.

            Excavation for the McInnes building is nearing completion.

0050.0290: Cranbrook Buildings

Continuing growth in Cranbrook shows many buildings being built, with not a day passing without one or more being started.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  August 11, 1898
Pages:  1
Publisher:  Cranbrook Herald
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


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People arrow Baker, Valentine Hydearrow
People arrow Donahuearrow
People arrow Hamiltonarrow
People arrow Hanson, Nilsarrow
People arrow McInnesarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Street Names arrow Baker Streetarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Buildingsarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Banking arrow Bank of Montrealarrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Businesses arrow Banking arrow Canadian Bank of Commercearrow
Cities arrow Cranbrook arrow Developmentarrow


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