Sounds a little like a National Enquirer story, doesn’t it? This photo was taken at 3:00 Sunday, April 7 in Saskatoon. The Patricia Hotel is being systematically picked apart. The bucket seems to give the roof and walls gentle nudges and thousands of pounds of brick fall to the ground. We can see more and more of the 7-11 and Mac”s Convenience Store all the time. Have you ever wondered how many pints of beer were consumed over the years. Mind boggling.

The Patricia Hotel was opened in 1912, originally built to handle the overflow from the King George Hotel. It was named after Princess Patricia of Connaught, the daughter of the former governor general the Duke of Connaught (Prince Arthur, third son of Queen Victoria). It was also Saskatoon’s first youth hostel.
It was not so much hotel in recent decades, but more of a bar with a few rooms for rent on the upper floors. The bar was a popular night spot for university students. A restaurant and liquor off-sale were also on the premises.

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