At one point, Murray Premises was simply a collection of warehouses. Time and necessity gave it direction as slowly but surely its purpose changed. It was in 1970 that the true destiny began to take shape, when the renovations began to convert the building to what we know it as today – a collection of shops, restaurants and yes, a hotel. That’s where we come in. Our story began almost 10 years ago when we began what we know of as Phase 1 - The conversion of the 3rd and 4th floors of the property into 28 guest rooms. Imagine the challenge of taking a building that was at that time, 155 years old, keeping the beams, keeping the “feel” and keeping the history. Which also means keeping the corners that aren’t square, the floors that aren’t level and the walls that aren’t straight – no matter how hard you try! Dressers had to be levelled to stop them from sliding open all by themselves. Bed-frames had to be propped up – sometimes in a few places because I’m sure you can imagine how uncomfortable it would be to have the right corner of your bed 3” lower than the left corner! “Custom-built” took on a whole new meaning at Murray Premises Hotel! When you look at the “before and after” photos, it really gives you a feel for the project. Next week.....Phase II.