Item 12 - Hotel Cecil

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Hotel Cecil

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CA DHM 1990.542-12

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3.25" x 2.75" (b/w)

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Donated to the Daly House Museum by the 26th Field Artillery Regiment Museum in 1990.

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Photograph of Hotel Cecil in Brandon, Manitoba.

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History:The Hotel Cecil was located at 32 10th Street in Brandon, Manitoba. It was designed by Brandon Architect W.A. Elliot and built in 1910. The official opening of the hotel was marked by a banquet, hosted by owner Harry Johnson, on the evening of March 2, 1911. The event was attended by 75-100 guests who were treated to a meal in the hotel dining room and a tour of the building. The Hotel Cecil was the first in Brandon to be equipped with a private branch telephone exchange. This system provided hotel guests with the convenience of a telephone in each room, operated by a switchboard located at the front desk. The Brandon Weekly Sun said of the system: “one of the newest innovations in the way of a public convenience [which] must result in impressing visitors very favorably with this city as a progressive and rapidly growing centre.” The hotel was closed by owner Mike Melnyk in March, 1981 and it was to come under new ownership as of September 1 but the building was destroyed by fire on August 31.

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