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Fairmont Palliser was designed by architect Lawrence Gotch, who aimed to emulate a Chicago style with the hotel’s Commercial Edwardian-style façade. Opened in 1914, the hotel features an E-shaped layout that creates the look of three towers from the outside. The building’s angular lines were intended to recall Prairie grain elevators, while inside, several different design styles were referenced, including a Renaissance Revival lobby featuring marble floors and columns, a Louis XIV-style ballroom, and a Tudor-style restaurant. That heritage luxury detailing can still be seen today, along with many updates including the new Fairmont Gold floor, designed especially for business travelers. As well, the hotel’s historic link to the railway can be seen in the Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion, which includes a glass rotunda inspired by 19th-century railway stations with vintage train cars on display. The hotel has been updated several times throughout the years, including $30 million in recent renovations and restorations.