What is the design style of Fairmont Hotel Macdonald?

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Robin Schroffel

Fairmont Hotel Macdonald is built in the château style characteristic of historic railway hotels across Canada. A fairytale castle perched on a cliff, there’s nothing else like it in town. Designed by renowned Montreal architects Ross & MacFarlane (later Ross & Macdonald), the hotel’s style, imported to the country in 1892, was modeled on that of French castles of the 16th century. The hotel’s detailing includes Indiana limestone facing and a copper roof. Known as the Grand Trunk Pacific Hotel at the time of its opening in 1915, it cost $2,250,000 to build and furnish — the equivalent of more than $35 million today. Known for its opulence and luxury from the outset, Fairmont Hotel Macdonald carries on that tradition today as Edmonton’s most famous property.

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