Historic AccommodationPrized dearly for its Second Empire Architecture. Although it was originally built as private residence in 1869 by William Ritchie as a wedding gift, the hotel was vacant for several years after they decided to open in up for tenants. In 1897 it was used as a local church and a private school until 1906. It was again repurposed as a hotel but only until the Roaring Twenties did the hotel gain steady influx of travellers. Due to the budding tourism in Annapolis Royal, the vintage architecture became popular and sought-after to travellers and history-lovers alike.