Yesterday - A Brief History Of The Pacific Palisades
Pacific Palisades. This is a storied complex whose history goes far beyond its recent life as one of Vancouver’s glitziest hotels.
The 1960s and ‘70s saw a huge boom in high-rise construction in Vancouver’s West End. In the mid-60s, architects B.G. Marr & Associates answered the call from developer Mel Zajac (who went on to found the Zajac Ranch for Children) to design three towers and an office building in Modernist style on the property bordered by Robson, Alberni, Jervis and Bute.
The first pair of residential towers (one is now PaPa’s Alberni Tower) went up, followed by an office building and what is now PaPa’s Robson Tower. Robson Tower later became the original Pacific Palisades Hotel, rumoured to be a favourite haunt of on-set celebs like Johnny Depp, Sharon Stone, Tom Selleck and Martin Sheen during the ‘70s and ‘80s. The owners incorporated Alberni Tower back into the hotel in the late ‘80s.
In 1994, hundreds gathered to watch a demolition crew implode the 28-year-old office building and one of the original 22-storey towers and reduce them to rubble in just seconds. Two new condominium towers went up in their place.
The Pacific Palisades Hotel became a member of the stylish Kimpton Hotel group in 2000, continuing as an A-list glitterati gathering spot. In spring 2010, the Pacific Palisades Hotel closed its doors for good. Owner Austeville Properties is now returning the buildings to their roots as a modern, residential apartment community.