History of Condill to be commemorated

10/5/2017

The North Peace Historical Society is planning a sendoff for the Condill Hotel.

The North Peace Museum will host an event commemorating the history of the building on the evening of Thursday, October 5, 2017, ahead of its planned demolition. The establishment opened as a hotel in 1942, and added a café not long after, and changed hands various times before adding a strip club. Organizers say the event will not whitewash the history of the hotel.

 “The night is to remember the Condill as it was, and as it is," said Larry Evans, member of the board of directors of the North Peace Historical Society. "It served its purpose right up until the very end. I mean, it was a place to go have a drink and that, and the clientele that went there were for the most part well behaved, like in all the bars, and it served its purpose right up until the end as far as I’m concerned.”

The night will feature a slideshow telling the story of the hotel’s construction and expansion throughout the years. The building was recently purchased by city hall with the intent of demolishing it as part of its downtown revitalization plan.

“As it aged, people knew that one day it would have to come down," said Evans. "It’s the oldest building in Fort St. John that I’m aware of.  It was built, again, in ’42, so it’s really hard to maintain a building that old, and try and drag it into the 21st century because the cost to whoever owns it, the cost would be prohibitive, and somewhere along the line, unfortunately, it’s not worth it.”

The museum’s doors will open at 6:30 p.m, and the slideshow will get started at 7. Admission is by donation.