OTTAWA — The iconic Fairmont Chateau Laurier — that opened a few months after the 1912 sinking of the Titanic and has since been a centre for politics, finance, fashion and entertainment — is turning 100 this year, and the Ottawa Citizen has written a report to commemorate the anniversary.

“Practically universal were the expressions of admiration at the completeness, the beauty and the adequacy of the new hostelry, which in point of finish and detail and equipment is surpassed nowhere in Canada,” reads the Citizen’s account of the hotel.

The paper’s Maria Cook reviews the hotel’s controversial beginnings, commenting on the contentious choice of land, architecture, financing, government involvement and the death of Charles Melville Hays, American-born general manager of the Grand Trunk Railway who developed the historic property.

For the complete Ottawa Citizen report about the Fairmont Chateau Laurier, visit

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