Built in 1892, the Queen’s Hotel was designed in the Italianate style. Although the hotel was substantially renovated in the 1980s and many of the original architectural elements were lost, the essential form and mass of the building are still intact.
The Queen’s Hotel is a tangible reminder of the historic importance of hotels throughout Nanaimo. During the early 19th century Nanaimo was subject to the boom and bust economic cycles typical of mining towns. With a large population of single, often transient men, The Queens functioned as an affordable housing alternative, living quarters, as well as social centres.
The Queen’s Hotel has been a drinking establishment for over 100 year, and is a significant reminder of the importance of Victoria Crescent as an early commercial strip.