Another view: The Building with the Pyramid roof is the Fairmont Peace Hotel, formerly known as the Cathay Hotel. In the 1930s, famous personalities such as Charlie Chaplin, Noel Coward and Douglas Fairbanks among many others were its patrons. Noel Coward wrote the novel 'Private Lives' while staying at this hotel.
The neo-classical Britishness of the architecture drew comparisons of this city with both Liverpool and the City of London. Noel Coward described it as 'a cross between Huddersfield and Brussels'.