Blake, the Hotel manager noticed my suspicious activity and came over to investigate. Turns out, he is an artist and was pleased to see me taking a few minutes to sketch the Hotel. He gave me a little background on the building which piqued my interest enough to look it up. It was built by a famous sea captain and was the first concrete building in Vancouver, built in 1911. Captain Pybus and his Canadian Pacific Steamship, the Empress of Japan, are remembered for winning the Blue Ribbon for setting the trans-Pacific crossing record in 1897.
Today St. Clair is rebranding itself as a hostel, offering affordable accommodation to travelers.