Sexy Heritage Hideaway Suffers Rezoning
Maxine’s, home to Candy Girl Cabaret, has a long and sexy history in Vancouver, complete with call girls, gangsters and possibly even murder.
Original owner, known as Madame Maxine, opened in the 1900s as a beauty and boarding school for girls. However, during the great depression the lower floor was converted into a full brothel.
According to the book The Unknown City, there are two tunnels, now filled in, located beneath the building. One, which exits near the boathouse of English Bay, was used as an access and escape for rum-runners during prohibition. The other, connected the brothel with nearby Rogers Mansion (now the Macaroni Grill) and is said to be have been used by Rogers Sugar magnate B.T. Rogers as his own private access to the working girls.
In the 1930’s, it was used as a hideout for two of America’s most wanted fugitives, one of whom is rumoured to have been captured by J. Edgar Hoover himself.
Maxine’s Hideaway owner J.D. Henderson has made sensational claims that actor Errol Flynn died on the premises in 1959 in the company of a 14-year-old girl, his body being moved to a doctor’s office quickly after to cover up his indiscretions.
Henderson also claims that Maxine herself was murdered on the premises and that the Madame’s ghost can still be seen wandering the dark basements of the once bawdy house.
Walking past the site the other day, made me stop and take a picture of what it is now. I myself spent much of my earlier years in Vancouver in this ‘bawdy house’ when it was Fogg & Suds, Mescalero & attended many events under this roof. I owe many of my hangovers and a lot of memories to this little hideaway.