A 20-storey condominium has risen at the intersection of Horby and Helmcken streets beside the 1915-built Murray Hotel, which is undergoing a major restoration as part of the project. Our last construction update in February showed Addition nearly topped out, and the historic hotel wrapped in scaffolding. The scene is markedly different today; the building by Kenstone Properties and Henriquez Partners has now reached its structural zenith, with the revitalized facade of its century-old neighbour recently revealing itself to the public.
The 164 units range in size from 874 to 1054 square feet and are finished in brushed ash laminate flooring with a thermo-acoustic underlay, stainless steel kitchen appliances, and enclosed balconies. At the entrance to the building, a 25-foot-high structural glass lobby is accented by wood soffits that travel indoors to form a feature wall. A 24-foot-by-22-foot art mural further underscores the atmosphere of the space, with a floating stair sculpture and integrated bench seating.
Residents will enjoy access to an extensive slate of amenities that includes a double-height fitness room that overlooks a courtyard and a three-storey green screen. An amenity lounge attached to the courtyard patio provides residents with a place for meeting, entertaining, and relaxing. There's also a shaded outdoor barbecue patio complete with additional outdoor seating, a fireplace, garden plots, and a children's play area.
Developer Kenstone Properties has invested over one million dollars to preserve and restore the historic Murray Hotel, which was designed by architect Ernest Workman and originally owned by contractor Fred St. Clair Murray. It initially served as an apartment hotel for workers during the formative building boom in Vancouver, and four years after its completion, was leased by Canada's Royal North West Mounted Police for use as temporary barracks.
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