Construction started in the spring of 1929 and amazingly it was opened to the public in 1930. It was for a time the tallest building in the Commonwealth.
“Yesterday morning,” said a March 14 newspaper report, “His Worship Mayor W.H. Malkin blew a blast on a golden whistle and with it set in motion the steam shovel that will excavate the site for the new Burrard Street Marine skyscraper.”
It took 16 months to build and topping out at 21 floors it was the most stunning building Vancouver had ever seen.
As written by the History of Metropolitan Vancouver: “Uniformed doormen stood beneath a huge arched entrance framed in glittering polished brass. The doormen have gone now but everything else is as it was. An Art Deco flock of Canada geese, the rays of the setting sun blazing over them, still fly past a mass of intricately carved marine life—lobsters, crabs, prawns and starfish crawling over each other through a waving forest of seaweed.”
Outside the building carvings of boats, bi planes, zeppelins and trains are prominent.
More pictures and details from the History of Metropolitan Vancouver HERE
Learn about some secrets of the Marine Building from Montecristo magazine HERE
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