In 2004, the transition of the Gladstone Hotel was still on going. During this time, the cultural foundations for a new Gladstone were being set, and it is interesting to look at how that culture was created. In a 2004 interview conducted by the Visible City Project & Archives, Christina Zeidler outlines her thoughts about the hotel,
“What I’m excited about is that we don’t exactly know where it’s going. We have a general vision, but what would make it an interesting place is that I don’t know exactly, it’s other people that are going to bring the culture…I think that’s what would make the hotel an interesting place in 5 years.” (Interview by Charles Finley & Yvonne Ng, June 22, 2004).
Having noted the challenges in creating a safe and viable site for cultural activity, Christina goes on to re-iterate that, “opening it back up to the community, and the city, will mean that it is going to be dynamic, it’s going to change, and we’ll provide an infrastructure for it”.
Additionally, the interview series reveals a look into the hotel’s interior before its final set of renovations:
As a whole, the interview series documents the Gladstone during a vital point of transition, investigating the state of the hotel’s community and plans for growth.
You can watch the complete interview series here: http://www.visiblecity.ca/index.php/spaces/77-the-gladstone-hotel
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