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Throwback Thursday: The Vancouver Skyline

It’s remarkable how much and fast the Vancouver skyline has changed.

While height restrictions and view corridors have limited the height of buildings in the city’s downtown core, Vancouver has more high-rise buildings per capita than most North American metropolitan centres with populations exceeding 1,000,000. Vancouver’s population density is the 4th-highest in North America and the city has more residential high-rises per capita than any other city on the continent.

The picture below was taken in 1956 from the seawall of Stanley Park. The Fairmont on West Georgia automatically sticks out as one of the tallest buildings in the city at the time. If you look closely in the water, there is a Esso gas station that served all the boats and water-planes in the harbor at the time. Esso has now been replaced with Chevron.

Vancouver skyline 1956


Vancouver skyline in 2013



1956 Vancouver Photo Credit: Walter Labecki

SEE ALSO: The 5 Tallest Buildings in Vancouver

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