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Mariaggi Hotel (The Albert Block)
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The Albert Block was originally constructed as the Alexander
Apartment House in 1901 as a real estate investment for
J. S. Tupper, W. J. Tupper and Walter Sacklling. In 1903,
Frank Mariaggi, who had come west with the Red River Expedition
in 1871, converted the block into a luxurious European-style hotel.
The hotel contained 40 suites with brass beds, private baths,
electric lights, leather chairs, oriental carpets and telephone
communications with points around the city. Additional amenities
included a Turkish bath and an oyster bar. The hotel was
said to be so luxurious that it had no equal in Manitoba.