One of the last railway-built hotels in Canada, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was designed in the château style, its architectural details reminiscent of a medieval French castle. Similar chateâu properties are in the Canadian Rockies and across the country; each is an iconic Canadian landmark. Construction began in 1929 and wrapped up just in time for King George VI of England's 1939 visit. The exterior of the building, one of the most recognizable in Vancouver's skyline,
has carvings of malevolent-looking gargoyles at the corners, native chiefs on the Hornby Street side, and an assortment of figures from classical mythology decorating the building's facade. Many tour buses start their circuits here.