Marine Building, Vancouver

Marine Building, Vancouver (must see)

Vancouver's Marine Building might sound mundane at first blush, but in reality, it's anything but. This skyscraper, which houses offices like the management headquarters for One World, a restaurant, and formerly an observation deck, is twenty-two floors high and designed to evoke a craggy rock rising from the sea.

Aside from the building's unique shape, it's also noteworthy for the abundance of Art Deco details. The interior is inlaid with twelve different native Canadian hardwoods, and the walls and brass doors are covered with images of sea creatures, like snails, rays, crabs, sea turtles, sea horses, and more, while the floors present zodiac signs. Outside, the exterior of the building is adorned with depictions of ocean flora and fauna, tinted verdigris and gold. The building was designed by architects McCarter and Nairne and ended up costing nearly twice its original budget. When the Great Depression hit, it was sold for a fraction of its value.

This unique building has been used extensively in TV and film. It was the setting for part of the movies Timecop, Blade: Trinity, Fantastic Four, and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, as well as standing in for the Daily Planet's building in Smallville.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most beautiful and interesting buildings in Vancouver; it's amazing to think it first opened in 1930!
Truly needs to be explored and every small detail appreciated. The architecture, specifically the ceiling, is incredibly detailed – a work of art.

Tip:
Take the stairs up to catch a closer look of the ceiling and for a great photo or two.
There's also a framed photo of what Burrard Street looked like back in the '30s.
Come with a guided walking tour to have all the history part explained.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Marine Building on Map

Sight Name: Marine Building
Sight Location: Vancouver, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Downtown Landmarks in Vancouver  

Walking Tours in Vancouver, Canada

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City Orientation Walking Tour

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The third largest city in Canada, Vancouver is a dynamic and vibrant metropolis in British Columbia known for a variety of world-class attractions. Take this orientation walk and get familiar with the most popular spots of the city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Walking Tour: Religious Edifices in Downtown Vancouver

Walking Tour: Religious Edifices in Downtown Vancouver

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Walking Tour of Chinatown in Vancouver

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Travel Distance: 0.5 km
Downtown Landmarks in Vancouver

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
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Travel Distance: 3.1 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km

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