The Sun Tower
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada14 357 bidrag
3,0 av 5 bobler
jul. 2023
Vancouver’s Sun Tower is one of those buildings I’ve walked by countless times over the years but have never really taken the time to appreciate it; in fact, it’s only been in the last year or so I’ve stopped to admire its façade in any detail – first covered in scaffolding and, now, refreshed anew. Classic structures like these – Sun Tower, Dominion Building, Marine Building, Dick Building, etc – really do offer a unique glimpse into Vancouver’s rich and ever unfolding history. It is indeed a beautiful thing if we have but the eyes to see and the ears to listen . . .

Called one of “Vancouver’s most recognizable landmarks” by Scout Magazine, The Sun Tower was commissioned by Louis Taylor, mayor of the city at various points between 1910 and 1932, and built between 1911 and 1912. By the time construction had finished, the World Building – as it was then known – held the distinction of being the tallest building in Vancouver for a time. It was also recognized as the tallest building in Canada until 1913, which is when the Canadian Pacific Building opened in Toronto.

Originally playing host to the “Vancouver World” newspaper owned by Louis Taylor, the building was eventually sold to Bekins Moving Company in 1924. In 1937 (a good year!), the Vancouver Sun procured the building and changed the name to what we all know and love today: The Sun Tower. When “the Sun” moved out in 1965, the building retained the name (thankfully!). Admittedly, though, learning this information took some of the manufactured aura I’d developed about this building away. When I’d first learned about the “Sun Tower” a number of years ago, I always thought the name had something to do with its height and faux bronze dome . . . nope! It’s a vestige of the Vancouver Sun newspaper! Less exciting, but still noteworthy from a historical perspective!

An earlier review by Cindy L suggests you can “see all of Vancouver” from the tower, but I suspect she’s likely talking about the Vancouver Lookout (see my earlier review on this site), because no such public viewing tower exists here – something confirmed by Chris D in the most recent TripAdvisor report. All one can admire about the Sun Tower is the building’s exterior unless you’re a tenant or get special permission from the manager, which isn’t too likely. Still, the façade is definitely worthwhile.

Designed in an eclectic mix of architectural styles, the Sun Tower certainly sticks out amongst the overwhelming number of glass towers today. It has character. Everything from the terra cotta arches, brick, “nine maidens” by noted sculptor Charles Marega, and copper dome highlights the overall value of this historical building. Of note: In 2018, the building underwent a long renovation process, which finally concluded in 2022 after some delay. As part of this work, the faux copper dome for which the building was particularly known was replaced with REAL copper tiles. Apparently, in about 20 years, the brown of the copper will have oxidized to the green colour most people are familiar with. How cool is that?

Anyway, the building is definitely worth a look, be it up close or from afar, because it offers a clear glimpse into Vancouver’s rich history: Economic expansion, human geography, culture, politics and classic architecture. It’s all here, so enjoy!
Skrevet 8. august 2023
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada3 216 bidrag
2,0 av 5 bobler
jul. 2021
In the past, I have made a point to walk by here on the way to Chinatown, and take a few minutes to enjoy the interesting architectural style of this 100+ year old building. And, intrigued by a previous report by another TripAdvisor advisor, wanted to see if I had missed the viewpoint, or if it was a recent addition since my last visit.
Sadly, I struck out on both issues. Security prevented me from entering the building, and assured me there was no public lookout. And, as you can see from my photos, the exterior is undergoing some type of repair/renovation. No one was in a hurry to tell me what, why, or estimated completion date.
Skrevet 8. juli 2021
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とよとよ25
Kanagawa (prefektur) , Japan2 971 bidrag
3,0 av 5 bobler
jul. 2019
2019年7月にバンクーバーを訪問した際に立ち寄りました。The Sun Towerはガスタウンとチャイナタウンの間くらいにある高層ビルで、建設されたのは今から100年以上も昔とのことです。訪問した際には改装工事中で足場が組まれており外観を見ることができなかったのが残念です。
Skrevet 11. november 2019
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Cindy L
Calgary, Canada17 bidrag
3,0 av 5 bobler
jul. 2018 • Familie
Great place to see all of Vancouver, old and new! You can see Vancouver Island, Grouse Mountain and a beautiful view of the harbour.
Skrevet 7. august 2018
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swat1234
Ebina, Japan1 695 bidrag
3,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2017 • Familie
ギャスタウンに行った後、立ち寄りました。ビクトリアスクエアからすぐです。スタジアムチャイナタウン駅からも近いです。治安が良くないエリアなので気をつけましょう。
Skrevet 16. januar 2018
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada3 216 bidrag
3,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2017
...because that's all you get.
Not to detract from the beautiful well-maintained 100 year old exterior and historic plaque, but don't expect a guided tour, or a rooftop viewpoint. Architecture lovers could augment their stop here with a look at the Dominion Building, one block west and one block north of the Sun Tower; once the tallest building in the British Empire.
Skrevet 29. desember 2017
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Ojea T
Vigo, Spania47 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
jun. 2017 • Venner
La Torre esta en el puerto, subimos a lo que nosotros llamamos hora bruja:ni de dia ni de noche, la ciudad se ve diferente con las luces que se empiezan a encender, la puesta del Sol. Muy recomendable.
El ascensor es exterior y de cristal, por lo tanto puedes comprobar lo que subes.
Skrevet 28. juni 2017
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finglaspete
Dublin, Irland2 519 bidrag
5,0 av 5 bobler
mar. 2016 • Venner
Situated near the BC stadium this green domed architectural beauty is not to be missed if you are into architecture like myself.
I am amazed at how many places in Vancouver are at the bottom of the things to do pile on tripadvisor, I would have put this way up the way, just for the mere spectacle of its antiquity and characteristic, naked lady statues, which caused much controversy when they were put up.
Go and have a look, and review it next time you go to the match at BC stadium, this place deserves your reviews people!
Skrevet 7. april 2016
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Sean M
Kaizuka, Japan6 636 bidrag
4,0 av 5 bobler
des. 2015 • Alene
The Sun Towerは1912年に建設された建物で、バンクーバーの象徴的な建物である。イェールタウンからも眺めることができる。建物の中にはオフィスやレストランが入っている。教会のようなタワーはしなやかで美しい。21世紀になっても存在感を発揮する。
Skrevet 27. mars 2016
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