It isn’t clear to me how many rooms were available to let in the old Cecil, but almost certainly fewer than 10. The proprietress during the time it was known as the Cecil, ca1905-09, was Mrs. Fanny Grieve. (In earlier years (ca1901-04), when the establishment was known as “The Southern”, a Mrs. McLusky was owner/manager.) I cannot trace Mrs. Grieve beyond mention made of her in Vancouver Directories in connection with the old Cecil.*
As far as I can determine based on period photos and on Vancouver directories, the building which housed the Southern/Cecil rooms didn’t exist as such before the turn of the century. (Although the photo above indicates that the buildings were there as early as the late 1880s – probably initially used as single family dwellings or, perhaps, as un-named rooming houses). I don’t know what the inscription on the top of the building adjacent to the older, wood-frame Y is or signifies: “Elute”? “Clute”?
The building that housed the old Cecil didn’t seem to endure long after 1909. It was replaced by the Selkirk block, evidently, around that time. The Selkirk was ultimately replaced by one of several Woodward’s department store extensions. Today, the former Cecil/Selkirk/Woodward’s property is occupied in part by SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.