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Architecture of British Columbia

26 January 2013

1915 – Canadian Bank of Commerce, Vancouver

Architect: Darling & Pearson Now a branch of Birks. Listed on the Registry of Historical Places of Canada.

09 October 2014

1928 – Design for Civic Centre, Vancouver

Architect: Harland Batholomew & Associates Proposed development of site on Burrand Street as a new Civic Centre for Vancouver. Vancouver’s first comprehensive town plan was prepared by Harland Bartholomew and Associates in 1928...

16 December 2009

1930 – Marine Building, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architects: McCarter & Nairn Inspired by New York’s Chrysler Building, and one of the most prominent legacies of Vancouver’s growing prosperity. During the 1930’s it was the first “modern” skyscraper in the city...

16 December 2009

1932 – Burrard Street Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Sharp & Thompson A fine imposing bridge built high to allow for ship traffic. Major J.R. Grants’s steel structure contrasts with the architects, much loved, concrete pylons featuring marine ornamentation. Photograph Courtesy...

16 December 2009

1936 – City Hall, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Townley & Matheson Vancouver City Hall opened December 4, 1936 and was designated a heritage building in 1976. The building was designed by the architectural firm of Townley and Matheson, and built...

16 December 2009

1968 – H.R. MacMillan Planetarium, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Gerald Hamilton & Associates Originally built as the Centennial Museum, the H.R. MacMillan Planetarium is a striking building as it seems to hover over the treetops, appropriately enough. Photograph Courtesy and Copyright...

16 December 2009

1973 – Provincial Law Courts, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Arthur Erickson The seven-storey Law Courts building is organized into four major components: public space, courtrooms, judges’ chambers and administrative and support facilities. Major public spaces include the main floor Great Hall...

16 December 2009

1991 – The Eugenia, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Henriquez Partners Architects When Henriquez planned Eugenia Place in Vancouver’s West End, he also took into account the surrounding ecosystem. His architectural renderings included the ghostly traces of trees that would have...

16 December 2009

1995 – Vancouver Library Square, Vancouver, British Columbia

Architect: Moshe Safdie This stunning architectural achievement by Moshe Safdie is one of Vancouver’s defining landmarks. The $100 million multi-building complex houses Provincial and Federal Government offices, the 1.2 million item library, and...