Decorator of Canada's Grand Hotels
  • Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta
  • Château Frontenac Hotel, Quebec City, Quebec

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Introduction

Kate Reed, 1856 - 1928, was Canada's first decorator, a career woman before the term was coined. Famous for creating the interiors of grand hotels and mountain lodges built by the Canadian Pacific Railway at the end of the 19th century, Kate Reed developed the style that marked Canada as an early tourist destination. Friend to movers and shakers of the Gilded era such as Thomas Edison, J.P.Morgan, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, William Van Horne and others, Kate was considered one of the country's most captivating conversationalists. A generous and warm-hearted woman of great imagination and energy and surprisingly Victorian mores, Kate left a legacy of journals, photographs, paintings, collections, and a vast correspondence, now in the archives of the McCord Museum of Canadian History in Montreal.

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