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Time Traveller: Here's the bar in North Van's Palace Hotel in 1908

Proprietor Lorenzo Reda opened the Palace Hotel on Second Street in 1906 and operated it until his death in 1928.
Palace Hotel

This ca. 1908 photograph shows the bar of North Vancouver’s Palace Hotel (140 East 2nd St.) with proprietor Lorenzo Reda standing at the bar.

Lorenzo Reda was born in Calabria, Italy, in 1870. He immigrated to Canada at the age of 15, first settling in Victoria. He operated a hotel in Victoria for a few years until around 1905 when the Reda family moved to North Vancouver.

When Reda built the Palace Hotel in 1906, he had a business partner named Carolina Andress (also originally from Italy) who helped finance the construction. Reda operated the Palace Hotel until his death 1928. The hotel later became the Olympic. It was demolished in 1989.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

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