Activity in Building Fernie back from the Fire of August 1908 - The Free Press Turns 115
April 16th 1909
Free Press Files
While last fall was a record breaking as regards building operations in this city the coming summer promises to far eclipse for the marvelous achievements of the past season in fact the ensuing year gives every indication of a bigger and better Fernie than ever.
Various civic buildings will be erected this year including a fire hall costing $10,000 a power house $5,000, a city hall $20,000 and a public school $35,000. The two latter buildings already under construction the school building being far advanced. The erection of these structures together with the building of many miles of boardwalk and installing a water works and electric light system will put many thousands of dollars in circulation.
Five churches will be built ranging in price from five to thirty five thousand dollars each.
Several large and commodious hotels will be built, chief amongst which will be the Naponee which will be 60x90 and three storeys in height. A three storey addition 60x90 will be added to the Fernie Hotel and the King Edward will add a storey to the present building giving accommodation for 30 more guests.
Plans are out for the Kings Hotel which will be a two storey structure 57x70 with walls of sufficient strength to put on additional storeys when required.
The Royal we understand will be rebuilt this season, no definite information being available at present.
Many business blocks being planned, the largest being the Trites- Wood Company’s new stores which will have a frontage of 90 feet with a depth of 114 ft. The bnew building will be better than the one destroyed in the fire which was acknowledged by all to be one of the handsomeness stores in the province.
Jos. Aeillo will build a two storey business block between the Waldorf and the Johnson-falconer block while Kefoury Bros. will erect two storey building 30x90 between the Henderson Block and the Northern Hotel.
The Miner Union Hall will probably be completed this year.
The Bank of Hamilton will erect a handsome office building on the corner of Victoria and Cox street while the Home Bank will build a handsome structure immediately opposite to it.
L.P Eckstein is making preperations for the erection of a commodious office building on Cox Street opposite to the new Federal Building.
J.R. McEwing will complete his block on Victoria Ave. making its frontage sixty feet. How soon will erect a two storey concrete block on the corner of Baker Avenue and Cox Street which will be used by him as a restaurant laundry and ariental goods store.
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