Earlier this year in June, The Architecture Foundation of B.C. launched a public contest to seek out the “best” buildings in British Columbia that go beyond architectural merit. The criteria consisted of appearance, originality, sentimental value, and historical significance.
Six months and 400 submissions later, the contest judges revealed the top contenders in each of the four regions.
When it comes to the 604, David Hewitt, 1 of the 3 panel judges, revealed the “Best Building” is the Marine Building in downtown Vancouver.
The Marine Building is a skyscraper located at 355 Burrard Street near the Financial District. It was designed by McCarter Nairne and Partners and first opened doors in 1930. It is renowned for its Art Deco details and for a time for being the tallest building in the British Empire. It is now overshadowed by tall glass buildings and not as noticeable as it once was.
The People’s Choice Award for the top building in the 604 went to the Wing Sang building, which is the oldest building in Chinatown, Vancouver.
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Other winners throughout the Province included The Empress Hotel in Victoria, the Seabird Island School in the Interior, and Dawson Creek Art Gallery up North.
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