Here are the favourite buildings in BC as nominated by people from around the world!
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|397: McDonald's No. 3 Rd||The McDonalds at No 3 Road and Granville Street in Richmond, also known as the first-ever McDonalds in Canada. When it was built, in 1967, it was actually the first McDonalds located outside of the United States. The unique thing about the restaurant was that it had a tunnel with a conveyor belt inside it, which ran from the kitchen area, outside the building, across the lane, to the drive-thru window.|
|398: Quayside Village||Quayside Village is co-housing providing a mix of market and affordable units, economic and social diversity, with a variety of functional layouts. The residents helped design and develop a beautiful building situated on the North Shore of Vancouver with great views of the lower mainland and ocean. Quayside has an incredible central courtyard and award-winning environmentally sustainable gardens which have been featured in urban tours. As well as being a leader in the North Shore urban environment, Quayside Village exemplifies cooperation and social responsibility, good contextual design, sensitive development and a nurturing home for all ages. It is also a very attractive building.|
|403: 2080 Stirling Ave.||This original building in Burkeville (sea island) richmond was part of 200 homes constructed in the 1940s for the workers of the Boeing manufacturing plant. After the factory closed, returning veterans from World War II moved into a number of the homes. Burkeville has a rich history in connection with the airport.|
|408: Hollyburn Lodge||Hollyburn Lodge was built in the early 1900's by passionate mountain enthusiasts, and to this day its bright red exterior, welcoming fireplace and glowing lights warm the hearts of Vancouverites day and night as they take a break from their Winter ski or snowshoe pursuits on Hollyburn Ridge. Although the structure is Post and Beam with crooked Board and Batten cladding, it has weathered 5 meters of snow almost every winter, for about 85 years. It doesn't get better than a Saturday fiddle dance on the sloped cedar floors with snow falling outside and all ages of skiers and local cabin dwellers raising a glass of cheer. This little know BC treasure lies only 1/2 hour from West Vancouver and is definitely one of BC's Best buildings, made with love, filled with love. Another nominator writes: BC is a recreational paradise and the North shore mountains were there at the beginning. Hollyburn Lodge speaks to the Heritage of the area in a way that really conveys the historic recreational uses of the mountains and part of what attracts people from around the world to BC.|
|396: Museum Of Anthropology||The Museum of Anthropology is beautifully sculpted to display the collections and exhibitions. I prefer it in the rain, looking out onto the landscape - very calming.
Another Nominator writes: I love the way the building reflects its surrounding environment from outside and frames the environment from inside. Over the years I have viewed the building during different times, seasons and weather and it always manages to look great. I take a yoga class in the great hall some evenings and, now that the reflecting pool exists, sitting in the great hall looking out through the huge glass front over the pool, during the setting sun, with birds swooping around the pool, is simply spectacular!
|409: Central City, Surrey||This is an amazing building and has been the catalyst which has transformed Surrey. It is not only elegant and interesting in its own right -- with SFU Surrey, and office building and the shopping centre. It has also led to really interesting architecture, and commitment to architecture in Surrey. Another nominator wrote: The reasons I love this building include: soaring atrium spaces, a dynamic mix of uses (university, shopping complex and office tower), a unique and expressive tower form, beautiful use of wood and glass materials, creative and beautiful exposed structural elements, and it is a building that has been the catalyst for the transformation of Surrey City Centre into an urban place.|
|410: Chan Centre for the Performing Arts||The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts is definitely one of the Best Buildings in BC. The interior is simply beautiful. The main concert hall is lovely and the acoustics are wonderful. The tilted glass of the lobby allows people to see the gardens and brings a lovely quality of light into the space. Even the washrooms are well thought through. Over twenty years old, this building has stood the test of time. I have been to many performances and graduations here, and the Chan Centre continues to impress.|
|389: Whistler Library||The feeling when you walk in the building - light, space and the feeling of peacefulness combined with nature.|
|387: Surrey City Centre Library||This building is a stunning display of architecture externally, internally, during the day or night. The architecture is blended with a practical application of use as public space for its intended use as a library. Although the lines and overall look of the building is unique, which captures the viewers eye due to its visual contrast with the physical surroundings, it does at the same time align with and takes advantage of the physical contraints and contours in which the libary had to be built. It also makes a statement about the city's future as an emerging urban centre - "the future lives here". An architectural breath of fresh air both visually and functionaly, pleasing yet stimulating to the eye when you first view it, equally captivating from the street when seen at night with the interior lights lit.|
|386: Oakridge Towers||An overlooked example of West Coast Modernism by Vancouver Architect Gerald Hamilton. Built just prior to his well respected East Asiatic House, Oakridge Towers was commissioned by a union of teachers looking to create affordable housing for their members.
On first exposure to this building I was unsure what period to place it in. It has transitional feel to it... Art Deco lighting fixtures mixed with jaunty angles and planar elements. As if Modernism on coast had not quite hit its stride. That is precisely why I am in love with this building. It has an awkward grace about it and yet, presents many interesting surprises both inside and out.
I wish the owners had retained the blue mosaic tile surface but several paint jobs have covered what must have been a marvelous exterior. No matter, the two different treatments of West and East sides of this building suggest Hamilton's early willingness to experiment with concrete; hinting at what he might achieve with the Planetarium.
|385: Sid Dickens Home Decor||I love this building, it is incredibly discreet, wonderful plantings, fun with the skull & crossbones on its front, no name that one can see, love the simplicity, the colours. The person who owns this building obviously loves it. Around the side, out of view of the street, are espaliered apple trees against a wall of ivy and greens, a basketball court, table & chairs all for staff.|
|382: The Wing Sang Building||Being constructed in 1889, it's one of the oldest buildings in BC and the oldest in Chinatown with its rich history. It is quite remarkable that this building has survived, and these days has been magnificently restored and now houses an art gallery. The art gallery brings a modern twist to this building with its unique artists.|
|380: North Vancouver City Library||The North Vancouver City Library has been one of my favorite places to go since I was a kid. I have found so many adventures in the pages of books I got there, and I continue to find more every time I go back. The Library recently moved in to a new building, which is spacious, airy, and has become a hub not just for keen readers but for many others in the community as well. The library is where I and many others developed a love of reading, and it continues to inspire that same love in many new people - both young and old - today.|
|378: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site||The Gulf of Georgia Cannery was constructed in 1894 in the vibrant fishing village of Steveston. This cannery is an excellent example of traditional cannery architecture, constructed from old growth fir over the Fraser River atop log pilings in an “L” shape. The structure allows part of the building to run parallel to the river, while still accommodating unloading boats. Having escaped the fate of the majority of non-operational canneries in BC, this building was preserved and re-opened as a National Historic Site in 1994. It is a testament to West Coast Fishing Industry and the foundation of our province.|
|375: West Vancouver Memorial Library||For over 60 years, West Vancouver Memorial Library has stood as a community pillar. The original building, constructed in 1950 as a Second World War Memorial, welcomes visitors with beautifully crafted wooden beams, cozy ambience and soft lighting. Subsequent additions have given rise to many nooks, crannies and modern spaces that add to the library’s atmosphere. Its inner courtyard welcomes quiet reflection, while a stream next to the building and abundant green space connects the library to its natural surroundings. This LEED certified building is beloved by all and is a reminder of a slower, more community focused era.|
|370: Dryhurst Real Estate & Insurance (formerly Post Office)||This building, one of the few remaining false-fronted offices (circa 1950) of its post-war era in Deep Cove, was built by my father, Wilfred Dryhurst, who worked there as Postmaster and subsequently realtor and notary public for the area. As the post office, it was the hub of the community, a busy meeting place.The building was originally structured as a duplex, and I understand that today the dividing interior wall has been removed to make it into one. It now serves as a children's toy and clothing shop. I and my two siblings have a strong emotional tie to this place because of our many happy memories of early life there with our parents and extended family. I remember our Dad fondly whenever we visit the Cove and are near this beloved building which we still think of as ours.|
|367: Skookumchuk Heritage Church||Built over 100 years ago by First Nations at the direction of a French priest of the Oblate Fathers, it is a cedar version of Chartres Cathedral.
It was restored from a state of collapse in 2006. There was a brief film made of the restoration efforts by the TV show "Saving Places."
I built their website 4 years ago, They have since let it lapse. I was enchanted by its beauty and the location and its history. The altar and internal decorations are all hand carved. It is an architectural wilderness wonder.
|365: Molly's Reach||Originally built as a grocery store in 1926, this building served various retail functions until it was rented as a film set for "The Beachcombers", an iconic Canadian TV series that aired on CBC from 1972 to 1990. It was used mainly for exterior shots and storage, and sat vacant after the series was cancelled in 1991. Eventually private investors converted it into a functioning restaurant, named for its television name, "Molly's Reach".
|364: Original Carleton Elementary School (now Green Thumb Theatre)||Carleton students learned in this building from 1896 to March 2008 when it was damaged by vandals. The students and community mobilized to save the building as the Liberal government offered money to tear it down. The result? It was saved and is now the home of Green Thumb Theatre. Great story, beautiful facility.|
|362: Firehall 15||Newly refurbished, the community had to work hard to save this building. Originally built in 1913, it was key to the development of Renfrew-Collingwood in Vancouver. And it is a beautiful, memorable building. Go see it at East 22nd and Nootka|
|361: Britannia Mine Museum||Like the Burrard Thermal in Port Moody or Celgar in Castegar, it is a stark beauty in its location and construction.|
|360: Original Stave Falls Dam||Now a visitor centre, this is another striking building. Completed in 1912, decommissioned in 1995, it delivers history, a connection to the history of the province, and beauty all at once.|
|358: Shiloh-Sixth Avenue United Church||My father-in-law, Vasant Saklikar, was minister there for many years. Founded the first food bank in the community. Very attractive church beyond its huge sentimental value for me and my family.|
|356: Ross Sikh Temple||Home of the Khalsa Diwan Society and designed by Arthur Erickson. Go there — you will be welcomed — and check out the new adjoining museum.|
|355: Dr. William & Ruth Baldwin House||Set in an idyllic landscape by the lake, this house is the ideal location to get away from the city without actually leaving the city. You can sit on the deck or living spaces and watch boaters and wildlife around you. The house feels spacious and airy with floor to ceiling windows in nearly every room of the house. It is difficult to imagine the province's largest mall is only a 10-minute drive away. Unassuming and modest in scale, the Baldwin House is a true West Coast Modern oasis.
Another nominator writes: One of Erickson's lesser known projects, this little house on the gore of Deer Lake Park was built for the new dean (I think) of SFU which Erickson was working on at the same time. The house is a lovely example of architecture as sculpture - and the owners put tremendous faith in Erickson as he'd bolt only a few houses at this time. It is basically just posts, beams and glass - costs a fortune to heat, but as a summer cottage in the heart of Burnaby, it is fabulous. It is quintessentially west coast which today is a hard thing to find.
|354: Harrison Hot Springs Hotel, Old Building||Home of the Jones Boys who play in the Copper Room.|
|353: Sasquatch Crossing Eco Lodge||Built in 1903 on Sts’Ailes territory – a beautiful part of B.C. history, owned by the First Nations. If you get a chance, stay here. A remarkable, interesting, beautiful place.|
|348: Jameson House||Jameson House was designed by Foster and Partners on a very difficult site. Yes, it is a high-end condo tower, but by far the best resolved and best detailed. It is a beautiful piece of architecture in which the clarity of the form and mass are carried all the way down to the meticulous way the various materials all come together. Every tile joint, the placement of every wall socket is considered. Further, it is exclusive - there are very few locations where you can actually get a good view of i - amazing given its striking appearance. I would argue that this is the only genuine luxury property in Vancouver. Lots of others buildings are expensive but the costly items are only skin deep (kitchens, bathrooms, floors) and the architectural fabric (windows, walls, structure, etc.) are no different from the more affordable alternative. They do the notion of "luxury" a disservice, just like a tricked-out family car. Jameson House is the architectural equivalent of an Aston Martin.|
|347: Gleneagles Community Centre||This Community Centre was one of the first centres in BC to operate with a geothermal field for sustainability, March 2003.
The Centre has been recognized internationally and tours or architectural students tour the centre frequently. Winner of Governor-General Award of Excellence for Architecture, 2003. Recognized by Socialwork.com as #16 in the world, #2 in BC for places that project an atmosphere that is conducive to an individuals appreciation for services provided in this Centre.
|345: La Picola on Frank island||This cottage is on the rocks on Frank Island 5 miles south SW of Tofino on the west coast. When we rented it it was owned by the Terlingen family from RR# Lone Butte BC V0K 1X0... Dr Hans and Annemieke as of 1999 when we saw the article about the cabin in the Doctor's Review periodical. It is inaccessible by boat...due to the rocky, rugged appoach. You must hike out to the island at low tide, carrying all your supplies, hiking along a mile long tombolo that connects the island to the mainland twice a day.Once there, you climb over the rocks to the cabin that is chaied to the rocks to protect against extreme winds. Tide pools provide endless interest as well as the west coast animals that can be seen from the front deck...whales, eagles, sea lions, harbour seals sea birds and fish...the ceiling in the bedroom was glass so you could watch the tree tops and the stars...the circular building had been hand hewn of trees felled on the island and beach logs.|
|344: Mission Post Office||It's a landmark in downtown Mission. Typical style of its period.|
|340: The Landing||Built in the 1905, this warehouse building, originally known as the Kelly Douglas Building, characterizes the general history of wholesaling in Gastown. This is a fine piece of Edwardian design which fits in well yet remains functional and relevant today. What makes it exceptional however is that it is a 10 storey wood structure which would be illegal today which was accomplished with little fuss, relying on the skills and expertise of the design team. Great architecture should always be result of courage and conviction of the designer - and the respect of society that they know what they are doing.|
|339: Magical Dome||Original Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome design. www.magicaldome.com
Maximum use of minimum space, minimum footprint on the land.
Built in 1971 restored by present owners in 1999
Part of the history of Lund, built during the 'back to the land' times of the 70's
Constructed using materials at hand, red cedar, some yellow cedar used in the restoration.
Restored with recycled and repurposed materials.
Unique pacific west coast dwelling, design has held up well since 1971.
Soothing and healing properties, guests report the best sleep ever.
|336: Westminster Abbey||The contrast of modern poured cement sculptures and exquisitely stained glass is powerful. Stepping into the abbey is like walking into a celebration of pure colour. The acoustics are so sensitive that the gentlest chant or the soft babbling of water can be heard throughout.
The emotional impact of spending a quiet half-hour there is profoundly calming and thrilling at the same time.
The location, atop a well-treed hill at the end of a winding driveway contributes to the sense of retreat and refuge I feel there.
|334: The Old Residence, Crofton House School||This building is tucked away on the campus of Crofton House School, a private girl's school on Vancouver's Westside. So unless you have a connection with the school, you may not even be aware that its there. The hidden nature of the building is part of what makes it special. The old residence is the oldest surviving residential house in the Kerrisdale neighbourhood, and it is an example of how a heritage building can be re-purposed to another use. The dining room is the highlight of the building, with ornate plaster ceilings and heritage woodwork and fireplace. The Old residence has been used by the school since the 1940s, and generations of girls have used the building, which was the residence hall for students until the late 1960s. After that, it was used as an administrative building and dining hall. I have many memories of having lunch in the dining room and playing jacks on the verandah on rainy days.|
|322: South Creek Landing||Simple, striking, contemporary architecture.
Brent Toderian said “I am willing to use the term ‘iconic’ for this project. […] One of the best pieces of architecture I’ve seen in the five years I’ve been the Director of Planning.”
Architect Arno Matis “designed [the building] to capture the vortex energy of the neighbouring Cambie Street bridgeway; edges are fragmented and curved to evoke a sense of movement.”
Elegantly crafted “dynamic free-form steel spandrels” capture the transit-hub’s bustling atmosphere. A new landmark for the South Cambie Gateway.
|320: Furry Creek Golf Clubhouse||A building that is quite hidden & therefore seldom seen - the golf clubhouse at Furry Creek - harmoniously set into the mountainside setting, with it's stone and timber aesthetic. A discreet lounge dramatically cantilevered at and over the edge of the canyon beside the waterfalls has been the chosen location for hundreds of special events including weddings and funerals/celebrations of life.
Winner of the first Ron Thom Award for architecture from the Canadian Wood Council in 1996.
Designed by Hemingway Nelson Architects, Vancouver.
|319: The Marine Building||A marvellous example of west coast Art Deco architecture that is on par with the premier examples of such period work around the world. The building form, materiality, local maritime motifs, the exquisite detailing inside & out are a joy to behold.|
|314: Little Flower Academy||Originally opened as a school in 1927, the newest wing of LFA was completed in 2007. As a respectful nod to the past, the new building incorporates many of the materials from the Convent and Foundress Hall buildings, demolished to make way for the new wing and also due to earthquake regulations. In the library, the hardwood floors were taken from the old library in Foundress Hall, and stained glass windows and the fireplace were taken from the Convent. I really like the blending of the old and the new.|
|311: Vancouver Public Library, Central Branch||The VPL central branch is a unique and timeless design that serves as a focal point for downtown Vancouver.|
|308: West Vancouver Community Centre||Housing the recreation and aquatic facilities (as well as senior's centre and ice rink next door), this buiilding is the centre of the active community in West Vancouver. The architecture is modern, airy, filled with natural light, local materials and energy-efficient features. From seniors to toddlers, all can be found here enjoying active living, community events, meetings, or just lounging with a coffee and watching the "game" on a big-screen TV....|
|307: Hycroft||Hycroft is a majestic building with a long history. It is one of the most impressive mansions in the city, and is unique in the region for a number of its features. The building is open to public each year for the Christmas at Hycroft event, allowing the public to enjoy its grandeur and beautiful rooms.|
|306: Metro Theatre||You can go there for a play or perfomance, and enjoy the 50's style lounge at intermission. It's interior evokes days of old which adds extra spice to any performance!|
|305: Heritage Hall||It stands in the middle of Main Street, overlooking the mountains and you can see it from miles away. It has been beautifully restored and I am luck enough to work in it.|
|301: District of Sechelt's Water Resource Centre||This is a brand new state of the art waste water facility ....the only one in North America. Predominately all glass that will utilize plants to break down sewage to the point that the grey water will be capable of being drinkable. The neighbourhood will no longer see an old cluster of buildings as they will look across the street at a silent, glass enclosed greenhouse that is odourless. The former tank will become part of a new neighbourhood park.|
|299: The Alpen Haus||It was built by hand - the dance floor is the oldest in Vancouver and it is bouncy.
The window panels of the dance floors move and you can get different views of different paintings. You must see the room upstairs the wein stube classic lookbar with musical notes bathroom in the suite
bookshelves everywhere and old feeling - you won't find many buildings that are still used in Vancouver.
|295: Westcoast Transmission Building||I love the eye-catching uniqueness of this building which makes it one of Vancouver's most identifiable landmarks. At first glance, with its small base, it looks like a tree which is so British Columbia. At second glance, you ask yourself, how does this building even manage to stay up-right? And what other large building in downtown Vancouver provides a mostly unobstructed view of the North Shore from its plaza on Georgia Street? As you learn about the dramatic Lions Gate-like cable suspension bridge construction, you start to appreciate the structural innovation and technology. As you marvel over the structural engineering, it hits you that this is not something one ever thinks about with most other buildings. The Westcoast Transmission Building is an architectural gem that is very West Coast and reflects the vibrant City that it is a part of.|
|292: Canada Place||Everyone knows Canada Place. The big thing with the sails downtown.|
|290: Linda Baker Architect||Dramatic 5 storey studio residence on the side of a cliff.|
|288: Ling Yen Mountain Temple||The Ling Yen Mountain Temple architecture and design is unique in Canada and truly reflective of the diversity of Canadian cultures.
The Temple is built to the exact design & dimensions of classical Chinese buildings built in the same architectural style. It is hard to not notice the beautiful roofline when passing by on the highway or No. 5 Rd. The building is a pleasant sight to all that behold it's beauty.
The Temple organization itself consists of full time monastics, as well as regular worshipers. All members of the Temple Community are dedicated to the service of their community, be that via charitable, educational, philantropic, or other acts of service. The monastics and worshipers also farm the backlands and donate the crops to the local foodbank.
I believe that both the physical appearance of the building and the spirit and generosity of the Temple community make the Ling Yen Mountain Temple deserving of recognition.
|287: Residence, 6488 McDonald St, Vancouver||Great siting towards southlands and in a West coast modern idiom.
Nice use of materials and landscape. I like the colour.
|285: City Square, Cambie and 12th Avenue, Vancouver||Creates a lively understated connection of several older buildings
A real "urban" space - interesting combination of different uses and spaces -institutional, retail, food, offices, fitness, "charm".
Reveals the potential of Vancouver's varied physical environment
Works well in wide range of weather -dreary rainy days a natural light filled space, brighter days a lively interplay of shadows and light
Urban design - connects visually and functionally east and west, north and south - do not lose the sense of where you are
Vistas to outdoors, trees, parklike - can easily look and even move outside to lawns, seating and eating areas.
|275: Richmond Olympic Oval||Great integration of architecture and engineering and environmental stewardship on a massive scale public project.|
|254: Vancouver Block||Vancouver Block was constructed during the height of the Edwardian era. The handsome terra cotta-clad ‘skyscraper’ is located on Granville Street and was completed in 1912, symbolizing the rising fortunes and stature of the city in the midst of its greatest economic boom. It was the time when British investment in western Canada was at its height, with rampant speculation on the bright future promised by the imminent opening of the Panama Canal.|
|227: Over Lynn Mansion||I lived and schooled in this building for two years and it was an inspiration for my future like a foundation. I have always been a fan of Samual Maclure.|
|226: Residence, 1050 Odlum Drive, Vancouver||In a time when Edwardian housing stock is being decimated in Vancouver, the owner, Robert E Mitchell, lovingly restored this 1910 J L McKenzie Architect designed house to a level of rare beauty. Located in a quiet East Vancouver enclave of single family houses and embedded in a mixed use/ industrial neighbourhood, this is an incredibly authentic renovation undertaken with startling precision, artistry and skill. This is one home the province should never forget and never stop loving!|
|225: Chin Wing Chun Society||This Chinatown clan association building was completed in 1925 and remains a beautiful structure despite its years. Some special features of the building include Heritage Category A classification by the City of Vancouver, 2 flights of marble stairs, tongue-and-groove solid wood flooring, 10 built-in chimneys along the east and west wall spaces, a colourful stained-glass dome skylight which depicts the four seasons and the earth, sun and moon, and many other special features.|
|222: Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre||Wonderful use of a heritage site and building with the original use represented well. The old building was of major historical importance, and this has been architecturally recognized with the Roundhouse's tie to Engine 347 and with the design of the building itself. It is very pleasant inside combining several uses, good quality activity spaces with natural light and good connection to the street. It is beautifully situated, aesthetically pleasant and very lovely to work, live and play in.|
|219: SFU Academic Quadrangle||The AQ at Simon Fraser University is an amazing peace of work. It sits at the mountain top of the Burnaby campus and brings the entire campus together. Its great architectural design is not only beautiful, but also contains many offices, classrooms and lecture halls, and surrounds a beautiful park where students can go to study, or just enjoy the fresh air. Even though the architect found inspiration from the Acropolis in Athens, there really is nothing quite like it.|
|214: The Cornerstone||The Cornerstone is a brick heritage building, over 100 years old. Formerly a Presbyterian Church, hence the tower and steeple, it was converted into condominiums, including unique loft spaces, some with sweeping views of Vancouver.|
|210: New Westminster FD Firehall 1||I love this building because I love our fire dept. I go by almost daily. I think of our heroes protecting me and pray they stay safe on the job.|
|209: The Salt Building||Very interesting building constructed to house a huge pile of Salt in 1905 or thereabouts. Another example of something beautiful created by ordinary folks trying to solve a basic problem with a structure. The inside is cathedral-like. The building was subject of a renovation & re-purposing project by Acton Ostrey Architects and has been further converted as the Craft brew-pub & restaurant. If you go in, walk around the main floor and go up onto the mezzanines to look up into the roof structure.|
|207: Sam Kee Building||This is reportedly the thinnest building in North America (possibly true). Its a very clever solution to how you might use a property that is less than 5 feet wide. Detailing is good. The building is more than 100 years old. It used to connect with the underground tunnel system in China town. On the whole, very clever & quite a little gem.|
|205: Woodward's||I recently moved to Vancouver after living in Tokyo for about 4 years. I was looking for the kind of urbanity I found there with a balance of the natural environment that this city offers. I found these two very different aspects perfectly interwoven at the Woodward's building. The vertical integration of living with amenities and public spaces is superb and well-orchestrated throughout the complex. The orientation of the building also allows for spectacular views to the natural surroundings.|
|199: Storehouse, Fort Langley||This is the oldest building in BC, it was built in 1840 by the Husdon Bay Company. My Great Granparents bought this property from the Hudson Bay Company in 1887 and used this storehouse as a barn, until Fort Langley Natives Sons bought it to preserve it|
|197: Hudson's Bay, Vancouver||Located at 647 Granville Street on the corner of Georgia, the Hudson’s Bay building in downtown Vancouver is one of the oldest buildings in Vancouver. The cream terra cotta building with Corinthian columns was built in 1927, and was built on the site of another HBC store from 1913. I find the building’s architecture is beautiful and the history of the store and the Hudson’s Bay Company fascinating. It's a Vancouver landmark. In addition, the store is a lovely place to shop, for everyone.|
|194: Unitarian Church of Vancouver||An excellent example of mid-century modern with flavours of Frank Lloyd Wright as well as northern European influences. A comfortable grouping of 3 buildings create a mini-campus around an intimate central courtyard. These 3 buildings consist of the sanctuary, an administration building, and the education building, including gathering hall. Interiors particularly of the sanctuary are quite special - warm, bright, with lovely views out to intimate garden space. Excellent acoustics.|
|184: The Waterfall Building||It's an intricate, yet modest space. It's like an oasis: cherry blossoms blooming in the spring, grass peeking between the tiles, the soothing sound of water. You feel a sense of privacy, enclosed, yet there's plenty of natural light, bouncing off the windows and pool of the waterfall. There always seems to be interesting events taking place in the angled building, which is such a unique, eye-catching shape. This, with the cascading staircases, blends in with the whole waterfall feeling.|
|179: Vancouver General Hospital||At any time of the day, you can look towards it and see a different face - one complex and living. In the morning, it’s a cheery celebration of human accomplishment, housing and nurturing what are among our most noble and compassionate occupations. In the evening, it’s a guardian against the night, bathing in the last rays of day as if to say “fear not, the warmth I absorb right now will protect you in the cold hours.” And sometimes, only sometimes, it is the home of Batman.|
|176: Hope Carriage House, Fort Langley||This building was built in 1912 on the Charles Hope estate in Fort Langley and used to house horses and the carriages they would pull. This building is one of the oldest existing buildings in Fort Langley and has recently undergone an exterior renovation by replacing all the windows and doors. This building sits on almost 2 acres of privately owned land but is visible from the Fort Langley Community Hall. It is currently used for storage.|
|174: Brentwood Skytrain Station||Elegant structure, outstandingly located capturing 360 degree views, Iconic design.|
|171: Residence, 3534 West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver||This 1928 house is (as close as possible) being meticulously restored room by room. This ongoing labour of love kept the original windows, fir mouldings, oak floors. The main bathroom echoes with sub-way tiles and a claw foot tub. Glass chandeliers light the living room and wainscoted dining room to supplement the natural light from the leaded glass windows. The kitchen is complete with a hidden ice box. The upstairs reflects of tiffany lamps and the bathroom soothes in bath house style.|
|170: Coast Residence, UBC||Awesome look, awesome views from most balconies and decks, elegant design, elegant 3 1/2 storey midrise, very well constructed, west coast feel at its finest, unbelievable sunset views and views over Straight of Georgia, Bowen Island, Howe and North Shore .. in Vancouver yet not .. immediately above forest and trails to the beach and within walking distance to shopping, entertainment, UBC, rainforest , Pacific Spirit Park and the beach.|
|168: Bloedel Conservatory, Queen Elizabeth Park||Geodesic dome atop Vancouver's most scenic park. Home to flora and fauna that provides us with a unique window to botanic biodiversity. Unique architecture.|
|165: The Queen Charlotte||This 1928 beauty is always so well kept. I love looking up at the ceilings of the suites on higher floors to see the original wood beams on the ceiling. Incredible original art deco features in the hallways. Exquisite.|
|163: 242 and 250 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver||These 2 buildings have these great facades, but the buildings themselves are just rectangular. I love the brick. They kind of remind me of a western movie set.|
|162: St. John The Devine Anglican Church||Because it's the oldest church in the lower mainland of British Coloubia that has stood the test of time. Built by there Royal Engineers at Derby (Fort Langley) in 1859 all wood and still used and maintained.|
|161: The Cultch||My mother went there as a girl in the 30's, I went there on dates in the 70's and now am a season subscriber to its shows. It stands the test of time & generations!|
|160: Parker House||I love the turret, the stained glass windows, the height and view it commands, as well as the field stone wall surrounding it. It harkens back to a different time.|
|159: Shelley Building||It was an old decrepit building in our neighbourhood that was lovingly restored by the sons of a local Italian family. It has become a mainstay of the neighbourhood, welcoming families, friends, colleagues etc. Every night of the year there is a line up outside to get in.
During the restoration process, a sign was discovered painted on the side exterior wall that dates back to the very early 1900's. It too was lovingly restored and has become a favoured landmark in the neighbourhood.
|158: Honour House||Honour House is a 1937 period home that has been recently fully renovated and modernised to both retain many of its original features while still making it a modern, comfortable fully functional home away from home for our guests. The house provides a free accommodation to members of our military, veterans and emergency service members and their families as they receive medical care in the Metro Vancouver region. So many people have worked so hard to make the house look the way it does today.|
|157: Swaneset Bay Resort & Country Club||As I approach this building from a distance I get a feeling of awe and as I get even closer that feeling increases. Its impressive three stories complement the scenery and attract nature and golfers alike. As you enter the main floor your eyes take you to the magnificent staircase that winds to the third floor Grand Ballroom. The view from the building is breathtaking on any day. This building is a jewel in the lower mainland and should be shared with everyone.|
|156: Vancouver Convention Centre||Perfect combination of modern and environmentally friendly.|
|154: The Permanent||The Permanent originally known as the BC Permanent & Loan Building in 1907 and later on known as the First Western Branch Bank Of Canada in 1935 is soon to be one of Vancouver most spectacular, one of a kind heritage event venue spaces. The Permanent will play host to many types of events including weddings, corporate events, charity functions, and much more. We are so pleased to give this building a purpose and to invite the public to enjoy themselves in such a beautiful space.|
|152: Pemberton & District Community Centre and Public Library||This is a beautiful building full of glass and gorgeous woodwork. the roof line is gorgeous and the indoor lobby space is lovely.|
|151: Schulstad House||Travelling Highway 20 through the 931,000 hectare Tweedsmuir Park and down into the majestic Bella Coola Valley, this is the first home one sees as they enter the picturesque settlement of Hagensborg. Built circa 1902 as the residence on the pioneering Schulstad farm, this prominent heritage farmhouse is the perfect example of local historical architecture and stands almost as the official mascot for this stunningly tranquil Norwegian settlement. You've officially entered Hagensborg.|
|149: Bloedel Education Centre, Van Dusen Gardens||The building known as the Education Centre (also the Forest Education Centre) is a modernist masterpiece lost in the forest of an untended section of Van Dusen Garden. Built in 1976, it was originally known as MacMillan-Bloedel Place, named for its donor, the largest forestry company in what was then the largest industry in British Columbia. Its unique educational displays, including a 50-seat theatre, were called ”A Walk in the Forest.”
Architect Paul Merrick
|148: Hobbit House, 587 West King Edward Ave, Vancouver||I am in my 40's and I remember passing this house once or twice when I was a child. Now I enjoy living in the neighbourhood. It would be like several other quaint Tudor style houses in Vancouver, except for its unique wavy shingled roof that resembles a thatched roof cottage. The roof gives it a fairy tale appearance: I imagine it to be the house of Snow White & the 7 dwarves or Bilbo Baggins' Hobbit house. Construction of a high end condo project will soon begin in its block. I hope it stays.|
|145: Heather Pavilion at VGH||This was not the first hospital build in Vancouver, though it is the only one still standing from that era. It was designed by Grant and Henderson (1906). It has been added onto over the years and today it is not easy to see the beauty that lies therein. The attached photo circa 1930 is where we will begin as this building is brought back to its original glory in 4 years. The other circa 1912.
Many British Columbians call this the hospital where they were born.
|144: BC Place Stadium||The new BC Place is just a few years old, but has quickly become an icon in the Vancouver skyline, With its incredible roof that changes colours for events and community initiatives, the building has been featured in movies, TV shows and as the backdrop to thousands of photos captured by locals and tourists alike. As a home to our BC Lions, Whitecaps FC and the BC Sports Hall of Fame, this multipurpose venue for amazing events is a place that all British Columbians can be proud of.|
|141: Oneesan (shipping container housing)||This is the first shipping container housing in Canada and there ought to be many more buildings like this in Canada. I was the first tenant to move in September 2013. The units are 280 square feet, very energy efficient and can be built at a lower cost. The design is spectacular. Everyone who comes in is excited to see how well designed the apartments are. I look out on the port of Vancouver.|
|138: The Columbia Theatre||It's a beautiful historic theatre in the heart of the heritage district of Downtown New West. It's been lovingly restored and still has live performances today. Back in the day celebrities like Bing Crosby have visited The Columbia. Check out their website: http://www.thecolumbia.ca/|
|137: Hotel Europe (flatiron building)||It is an older example of Vancouver's architecture and it is unusual and beautiful! My favourite building in Gastown!|
|136: Chilliwack City Hall (former); Chilliwack Museum||I like the design and heritage appeal of this 1912 building designed by Thomas Hooper. Chilliwack is BC's third oldest municipality and this building represented hope and optimism at the time when it was built. Today, with most of Chilliwack's heritage buildings disappearing, the Old City Hall remains a beautiful link to the past. The building is a national historic site of Canada, is owned by the City of Chilliwack, and today operates as the Chilliwack Museum.|
|135: The Private Residences at Hotel Georgia||This building is sleek, elegant and modern and these qualities stand out even more so as this tower is confidently higher than most in the city.|
|134: Millside Elementary School||The Millside Elementary School is significant as a testimony to the provision of community
educational facilities and the development of the local school system, at an early stage in the
settlement of Coquitlam. Opened in 1907 it has been a municipal monument. It was the same school my sister and I went to, and it is still there to this day, not much has changed to it......I want it to be at least a part of BC's heritage.
|132: BC Electric Railway Company Terminal||Architecturally it is a very pleasing building and part of the once vibrant area of the Downtown East Side in Vancouver. Emotionally, it brings back memories of the centralized rail-based transportation system that we once had in the Lower Mainland. This building was the nerve centre of the BC Electric Railway and its extensive network of streetcars and interurbans in Vancouver and beyond. Many old-timers fondly recall catching an interurban here out to Richmond or Burnaby.|
|128: Vancouver Mill Machinery||It's one of the last buildings that represents the industry that took place around the south side of False Creek. It would be a good place for a museum or interpretive center to tell the story of when this area had the industries that built BC. In its day this area was top of the world for logging and sawmilling machinery, diesel marine engines (Vivian) Trucks (Hayes-Anderson) and many other products that were made by the blacksmiths, foundries, machine and welding shops here.|
|127: Jesperson House||This building is one of, if not the oldest, home in Chilliwack. It was built by the Jesperson family and was eventually bought by my grandparents. It is a picturesque little farmhouse. The grounds & landscaping around it were, and still are to some degree, gorgeous and these along with the house itself, and the beautiful field and mountain views have been the subject and location for many wedding and family photo shoots. According to research, it is the largest concrete block home in the area.|
|125: Sinclair Centre||Built in 1910 and originally the Post Office until 1958 the Sinclair Centre has a beautiful Edwardian Baroque style, combining English and French influences, with all of its intricate carvings and detail on every corner and stairwell. Now a shopping mall and housing the passport office. Outstanding is the historic atrium clock was built by John Smith & Sons and is the largest clock movement in Western Canada.|
|122: Hotel Vancouver||This is the most beautiful building in vancouver with the structure and the archetecture; just a wonderful building|
|117: Residence, 956 Bidwell Street (West End), Vancouver||Until just recently, we lived just a few doors down from this building. Every time we walked by we would admire it, just the cheerful colour would make us smile. For the owners it obviously was a labour of love. The gardens are always meticulously attended to. The front door always looked inviting. The West End is a treasure trove of wonderful heritage homes, however, as I've spent close to 25 years of my life as a resident in the West End, this one particular house should be near the top.|
|114: 884 Bute Street, Vancouver||We lived there during the post-second World War years. Beautiful hardwood floors and perfect location for a young family!
I know it has been declared a heritage building & is on the northeast corner of the intersection.....the original state has been well preserved and it is always a wonderful trip down memory lane to wander through the west end and see my first childhood home. I can even identify the porch where my summer bed was located!
|107: The Flack Block||Vancouver is a relatively new City, but this building (and this corner) serve to remind us of our rich history. And the archway and windows are simply amazing! Such a unique façade.|
|105: Stanley Park Manor||It is a beautifully kept building with tremendous character and soul. It is full of artists and has its own built-in community. It also has one of the loveliest courtyard gardens I've ever seen. A true treasure in the west end of Vancouver.|
|104: Erickson's Law Courts Building, Robson Square, Vancouver||This is one of the most humanly sensitive buildings/urban public spaces, I have ever experienced. Erickson and Oberlander have created a built nature that refreshes the spirit.|
|96: Vancouver Wall Centre||It is a remakable icon of Vancouver. Looking at this building still gives me a nice feeling of power and calmness. When I immigrated to Canada from Europe, I had seen a lot of buildings from Paris, to London to Mallorca. Still, the Wall Centre impressed me. The form factor, the colors chaning from dark to subtle light blue within minutes, and the size are still unique and impressive. I know, we have a lot of beautiful buildings in Vancouver, older ones, bigger ones. But the Wall Centre is uniqe.|
|394: Kitsilano Showboat Open Theatre||Kitsilano Showboat was established in 1935 to provide out of work entertainers with a venue to perform in. The current stage was built in the 1950's. I danced at Showboat as a child in the 1970's and now I take my child to watch the dancers. For 8-9 weeks every summer, children's dance schools, adult folk dance groups, and bands of all kinds take turns volunteering their time to put on free shows for the community to enjoy.
I love the history of Kitsilano Showboat, the ambiance, and the beautiful location next to Kitsilano Pool. I think Kitsilano Showboat is one of the Best Buildings in BC
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|350: Studio/Stage Door||Built as a Masonic Lodge in 1909, The Studio/Stage Door was abandoned by the Masons in 1974. The City of Cranbrook bought the building and turned it over to the Cranbrook Community Theatre Society as caretakers for this heritage structure.
For forty years we have maintained, upgraded and improved the building. Today we have a beautiful white clapboard two story building that houses an intimate 83 seat theatre upstairs and a 1,000 square foot dance studio on the main floor. The main floor also houses an office, a green room/kitchen, a makeup room and four washrooms.
In its life, the theatre space has hosted close to a hundred plays, hundreds of musical events as well as seminars, movies, poetry readings and even City Council meetings. The Studio has been the home to a large number of dance classes of all persuasions, martial arts classes, yoga classes, weddings, celebrations and even punk rock concerts. Thousands of Cranbrook citizens have attended classes or events in 'The Studio.'
|329: Crows Nest Coal Office Building (now city hall), Fernie||Set on a large city block lot unique stone two storey building with Rockie Mtns surrounding the city.|
|328: Fernie Courthouse||Classic red brick 3 storey building set on city block lot with Rockie Mtns in the the background|
|391: Old school house just outside Fruitvale||Respect for the pioneers and their ability to build a schoolhouse with materials available and the respect that people of that age had for education.|
|377: St. Saviour's Anglican Cathedral, Nelson||St. Saviour's is a wonderful legacy from the early English settlers in Nelson. Built in 1899, the stone and wood church is a piece of England dropped into the hills near the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. The interior arches and proportions of the nave are very elegant and project a sense of strength and calm. The jewel-like stained glass windows added after the 1928 fire are enchanting. The Casavant Freres pipe organ is a joy to hear. The buildings' acoustics make it a preferred venue for chamber concerts. This building remains an asset to the City of Nelson after over 100 years. Another writes: I love this building for its spirituality, as evidenced by the beautiful stone construction, lofty ceilings, stained glass windows, and woodwork detail, as well as timeless music from the stunning pipe organ inside. The cathedral maintains an air of steadfast permanence and quiet contemplation while serving the people of today; truly one of Nelson's many treasures.|
|366: Rossland Miners Union Hall||I love the building both for its historic usage as well as the present usage. Historically, it was the central organizational building for the Miners Union, whose debate for safe working conditions at the end of the nineteenth-century led to the legislation of the eight-hour work day, and paved the way for the union movement in British Columbia and Canada.
Currently, the building is still a central meeting point for Rossland as it acts as a location for film festivals, concerts, movie screenings, community events, school events, and the Gold Fever Follies, a creative non-fiction theater act that performs every summer. I also just enjoy the architecture. Very basic, which makes sense given it was built in a mining town, but very functional, with a stage, meeting area, and even a lounge.
While I no longer live in Rossland, I have had many pleasant memories there. I've also had to use photos off the internet. The colour one is from panormio.com, and the historical one from rossland.ca.
|357: Gerick Cycle & Sports, Trail||This is a cool place. Beautiful? Eye of the beholder. But Trail is a striking place and this somehow fits.|
|341: The Langham Cultural Centre||Originally built in the mid 1890′s as a grand hotel during the silver-rich mining boom of the West Kootenays, one of its many incarnations was an internment centre for Canadians of Japanese decent during the Second World War.
By 1974 the Langham was run down and ready for demolition. Fortunately, a passionate group of people saw its inherent potential, so despite great opposition, bought and began restoration of this heritage building.
To this day it plays a vital role as a cultural arts centre throughout the wider West Kootenay region supporting regional and national professional artists, as well as emerging Columbia Basin artists. It also houses the Japanese Canadian Museum.
1977 The Park and Tilford Trophy
1977 The Heritage Canada National Prize Award
2004 The Honouring the Arts Award
I am particularly proud of this building as my parents were among the visionary group who lovingly restored it.
|325: Rossland Historic Courthouse||I just love the building. Very little has been changed in or outside the building. It has beautiful wide hallways and lovely high ceilings. The courtroom itself is worth seeing. During the summer months, when the tourist arrive - it is probably the most photographed building in town.|
|316: Kootenay Lake Village Glass House||Our new live-in-nature community needed a gathering spot to socialize. To maintain the 360 nature view surrounding the site, meet our tiny budget, and help community residents meet and bond, we purchased a pre-fab greenhouse, which the residents erected over a "barn-raiser" weekend. The pop-up kitchen, bar, living-room-style seating, jazz music, rugs, and plants create a cozy nurturing ambience for us to gather and enjoy the changing seasons and skies without opaque structure separating us from the outdoors. With nothing extraneous, we reflect on nature; not materialism. So soothing! Sometimes less is more.|
|384: 4652 Highway 97A, Armstrong||A step back into the past....a wonderful, authentic, old farmhouse situated on a beautiful piece of farmland surrounded by outbuildings kept to their original state. A chicken house, a blacksmith shop, old barn, workshop, farmhand accomodations...all painted in barn red and perfect. The property is situated on a major highway and can easily be seen and wondered at. The interior of the old farmhouse has been restored to its former glory and the interior represents a bygone day. Lovely.....|
|381: Mission Hill Family Estate winery||Every part of Mission Hill winery is immaculately and architecturally designed. World renowned architect Tom Kundig has created heaven in British Columbia.
When I visit the winery I feel like I am visiting old Europe, the entry way arches, the driving through a single entry door, the amphitheatre is surreal . When the bell tower rings it's breathless, the underground cellar that house the wine barrels is enchanting. The art that accompanies the architecture from the David Foster Piano to the Marc Chagall tapestry makes everything come together even so much more.
Any of my out of town friends and family that have visited this magical building always come back to say that to visit any winery in BC is like going to church on Sunday but to visit Mission Hill is like to visit the Vatican on Sunday Mass....it's just so special and so surreal that it exists in BC!
Tom Kundig has architecturally designed a building that looks like it will last hundreds and hundreds of years.
|321: Downtown Kelowna Library||It's welcoming - light and airy with comfortable places to sit. Beautiful architecture that fits in well with the downtown - lots of brick and glass! A big curved staircase inside that gives a sense of stature. Curved outside wall that reminds one of an open book.|
|313: Laurel Packinghouse||The five-sided Laurel Packinghouse has, since 1917, connected people within the Okanagan: its orchard industry then and its cultural uses now. Kelowna’s history remains a part of contemporary life.
The Laurel is an historic icon.
The five-sided Laurel Packinghouse has, since 1917, connected the Okanagan’s orchard industry to Kelowna’s vitality. Steeped in local flavor, the Laurel is characterized by original features, with contemporary functionality. Now, this landmark in Kelowna’s Cultural District is a venue for community events. Its museums interpret the evolution of connections between people to place. The Laurel confirms heritage is integral to Kelowna’s uniqueness.
|277: Seabird Island School||The way the building seamlessly integrates both local culture and landscape.|
|240: Mackie Lake House||Mackie Lake House takes you back to the era of exquisite craftsmanship and features unusual styling combining Arts and Crafts elements with a stately Chateau-Style roof. Inside my favourite spots are the study,the sitting room and the grand staircase. The attention to detail and the finely crafted elements invite you in like a special guest. Nestled on the shores of Kalamalka Lake in Coldstream the Mackie Lake House is set into spacious grounds with a spectacular view. I love coming to work!|
|393: Kamloops Art Gallery & Library||The downtown location of this building has become a focus of activities (farmers' market and other social events). It is a contemporary building which does not attempt to replicate the style of the few remaining buildings of traditional architecture in the area. Instead, the glass, brick and steel structures speak of renewal and the future without being ostentatious. The combination of public art gallery, library and community art classes bring people from all walks of life together even though some perhaps only enter the building to use the public washrooms. The gallery space is of museum standard with a smaller adjacent gallery that exhibits local artists' work beside a gift/book shop. The library is well used and the central atrium between the gallery and the library allows visitors to get a sense of the multiple uses for the building including offices of the regional district. The plaza in front of the building is of modest size and inviting to visitors.|
|343: Old Kamloops Courthouse||This red brick building is one of many heritage buildings in Kamloops, and since its "retirement" from the bar, so to speak, it has been many things, including an international hostel. It serves as a sort of entrance to the downtown core, and it is always beautifully landscaped and inviting.
Inside, hardwood staircases and floors harken back to its earlier days. If you listen carefully, you can hear strenuous echoes of "Your Honour, I object!" coming from the quiet places in the soul of the building.
The Old Courthouse is a reminder of the bygone eras of Kamloops.
|338: Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Centre||This spectacular eye catching building welcomes all to Williams Lake. The unique design perfectly reflects and represents the Cariboo region. Architecture and construction by local companies.
Another nominator writes: It is not necessarily one of my favorite buildings but it does have an architectual design and log construction that is certainly different and quite eye catching.
|255: The Lodge 100 Mile House||‘The Lodge’, built in 1931 by Lord Martin Cecil, is the last remaining historical building sitting at the heart of the 100 Mile House community. Martin Cecil built the Lodge armed with the book “Every Man His Own Builder”, his naval education, which included mechanical drawing, and correspondence courses on architecture. The Lodge contains nine rooms upstairs, downstairs there is a living room, with a large fireplace on the southern wall, behind which was Lord Cecil’s small apartment. In the early days, the rear of the building housed the smallest beer parlor in BC, with enough room for twelve men in one section and few women in another. From this building, came the idea and concept of the village of 100 Mile House. The people of the District would like to see this last remaining historical building preserved, for it to become a museum and tea room, with community events. We are a community without a focal point, The Lodge was always the focal point and we would love to return it to its' early days as centrepiece of the community.
|140: Martin Inn Hotel||The Martin Inn Hotel was built in the late 1940's in the small Pulp and Paper town of Ocean Falls. The Hotel was built with the finest products available and would have fit in any large city. It was the hub of our community where eveyone gathered to discuss the events of the day, to have dinner, lunch or breakfast. One could play Billiards, play a game of Bowling or have a drink with neighbours, friends and strangers in the big Pub. I feel it should be saved as a Heritage Site.|
|119: Niak'pamux Church||This tiny little Church is so Historic..... and right on the side of the Highway leading you up from the Coast into Ashcroft. This is said to ba a "Church of England" and is such a sight. This Church needs to be kept for all time for all new travelers to see.|
|130: Revelstoke Courthouse||Its a simple reminder of how buildings looked at the turn of the 19th Century. You cannot look at it and not know you are looking at a piece of history. Its unique in its shape and design for this area and this province. It looks like it should be a building in Europe somewhere, not a small town whose main industry is forestry and railways. Simply, its a hidden gem.
|131: The Company House, Ocean Falls||Situated on B.C.'s rugged central coast, this restored house is one of the few buildings left in the town of Ocean Falls. Once a thriving community of 3,500 residents and one of Canada's largest papermills, it is only accessible by sea or air. It was buildtin 1917 and was home to many of the mills ceo's over the decades. It was surrounded by dozens other homes. After the mill shut down in the early eighties the bulldozers came and leveled most of the buildings. This was one of the few saved.|
|139: Coalmont Hotel||In the day and age of steel and glass it is good to see an old structure made of wood. Built in 1912 it is a testament to the pioneers and there use of local wood.
Very few of these old hotels are still standing and although this grand old gal still wears a coat of rosey/pink it is somewhat frayed and tattered.
I think this just adds to her charm. You can see from the pics I have included that nothing much has changed about the old girl in 100+ years. it is still operational to this day.
|175: Armstrong Elementary School||Built in 1920 as a school, this building not only means a lot to me and family but our whole community. My children are 4th generation students at AES and the school holds many special memories for our whole town. It is not only used for school; this building is where the Scouts meet, the community uses the playground, gymnastics classes are taken, soccer is played and memories are made. "The Brick School" was deemed a heritage site in 2013 and will always be a part of Armstrong's history.|
|186: BC Visitor Centre at Osoyoos||Perfect melding of climate and first nations culture with genuine Okanagan industry and sensibilities.
Iconic shape announces the Okanagan from all directions in a simple, unique and whimsical structure.
|188: Cannery Lofts, Kelowna||Building, in 2004, was first new residential multifamily development in Downtown Kelowna's "Cultural District" sparking a return to Kelowna downtown core, The design uses glulam wood post and beam structure (manufactured in Penticton) with concrete block, cast in place concrete, glass and corrugated metal siding.|
|201: St. Ann's Roman Catholic Church, Chuchuwayha Reserve||The small Catholic Church of St. Ann built around 1910 sits alone atop a grassy hill overlooking the Chuchuwayha native village east of Hedley. It's impressive the way it stands out amongst the immense valley full of mountains, trees, fields and the beautiful Similkameen River. Being so close to our destination of family we are visiting it becomes a peaceful reminder of "we're almost there". It's a natural postcard that ironically no camera can really do it justice when trying to capture it.|
|172: Provincial Building, Greenwood||The building was the first Supreme Court constructed in the interior of British Columbia. It has survived in remarkably original condition, still containing the original courtroom upstairs and the jail cells in the basement. Architecturally, it has significance as a George Dillon Curtis design. The Provincial Building stands as a testament to the rapid development of the province in the early years of the 20th century, as resource development boomed.|
|215: Nelson Chrysler||This building has a rich history which includes being an airplane factory during WW 2. The owners of the car dealership have recently renovated it and obviously have put a lot of care and attention into maintaining its original nature.|
|217: Dentist Office, 802 Baker St., Nelson||This dentist office has been many things over the last few years; a sports store a Mexican restaurant a Scandinavian Church and a rental hall. Now that it is a Kevin Smith's dentist's office it has seen some huge improvements both inside and out which have honoured the building it is.|
|216: Gerick's Cycle & Ski, Nelson||This heritage building has recently been renovated. It has great character and an awesome paint job. This building has been recognized as a heritage building and for its renovations a few years ago.|
|129: Residence, 715 St. Paul Street, Kamloops||First, it is my beautiful home. Second, it is about 100 yrs. old. Third, there are at least six other similar/identical Craftsman Style buildings in our 4-block downtown area. Fourth, I was one of several who in 2004 successfully petitioned city hall to change its bylaw zoning. We won at city hall! Now, our heritage style homes can be rebuilt if they are destroyed. And, the neighbourhood has become a mini attraction. Tourists often walk by and admire our street of character houses.|
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|99: Belmont Building||The Belmont Building (1912) is significant as a gatepost to Victoria's commercial core. The commercial facade of this prominent landmark sets the scene for the Inner Harbour entrance to Government Street. It is like being in San Francisco or New York, you get that feeling of being a character in Sex and the City.|
|223: Craigdarroch Castle||Craigdarroch Castle is a National Historic Site of Canada and exquisite example of Victorian-era architecture. The extensive woodwork, stained glass windows, and peaked slate roof make it one of the most unique buildings in Victoria. Today the building is maintained by the nonprofit charitable organization, The Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society.|
|200: HBC Bastion, Nanaimo||The Nanaimo Bastion is the only original wooden bastion in North America. Built in 1853, the three floors of the Bastion were skillfully crafted using traditional wood working techniques by workers of the Hudson’s Bay Company. It was relocated from its original location in 1891 and has been in continuous use as a heritage attraction and meeting place since then. It is an iconic symbol of Nanaimo, and has been loved by people for generations.|
|181: Folklife Village||It is classic west coast heavy timber structure with massive timber trusses and a covered wooden boardwalk fronting the shops. This is likely the largest recycled structure in the Province at just over 30,000 sq.ft. Originally it was constructed for EXPO 86 as the "Folklife Pavilion" which showcased the Arts, Crafts and Foods of the country including first nations peoples.
Since 1992 it has formed the commercial and artistic hub of the island and has become the meeting place for the Community
|178: Inn at Laurel Point||Positioned near the entrance to Victoria’s Inner Harbour, the peninsula at Laurel Point Park is a natural welcoming spot. The First Nations people used this very site for potlatch ceremonies hundreds of years ago. Today, it is used to greet visitors to the shores with equal enthusiasm. In 1989, renowned Canadian architect Arthur Erickson designed a second wing for the hotel. The addition greets incoming ships with a reflecting profile and white trim to complement the marine context.|
|150: Duncan City Hall||It is the only heritage building in downtown Duncan and has a working clock tower. Built in 1914 as Duncan's Post Office. It was later used as Canada Manpower, Indian Affairs, Farm Labour Pool and finally as City Hall in 1975 after extensive interior renovations. Admired by tourists and community members alike. It has personal history for me as I spent over 36 years working in this building. My grandkids used to think I worked in a castle! Architecture is outstanding.|
|102: Native Sons Hall||Growing up in the Comox Valley, the Native Sons Hall had several identities: for sometime it was our local museum, later a place for choirs to practice and people to dance, and, later still, a space to celebrate many friends' weddings. What has remained consistent throughout is that it is the place where our community gathered.
This is fitting, as the building itself feels of our community. Built in 1928 with local wood, the beautiful bg is the largest ever built with timber and lumber.
|101: Goats on the Roof at Old Country Market||It has goats living on top of a roof, what more could you ask for!
I lived in Victoria for 8 years and in that time made many many trips there. Whenever I was feeling down or sad, I'd jump in my car and make the trip to Coombs to see the Goats on the Roof, always made me happy and me feel better. Always got me out of a slump and got the creative juices flowing. To me, it's by far the best place in BC, it's my happy place.
|221: Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park||Beautifully sited, one of my favorite Erickson houses during his early west coast 'international style' period|
|294: Bayview Place Roundhouse||This old roundhouse reminds people that Victoria was once a commercial and industrial hub. It reminds me of the changes that have and are taking place in BC and lets me dream about the possibilities of re-purposed buildings.|
|317: BC Parliament Building||Apart from the classic architecture (by Rattenbury - failure as a human being but a pretty good architect), the building is passively ventilated. Air intake slots below windows, sliding metal panel on the interior to control the rate of airflow into each room, air flows through radiant heaters and is drawn upward via buoyancy to be discharged at cupolas. This also removed water vapour and worked very well until the 70s when mechanical ventilation was introduced as an "improvement". As a result, water vapour was no longer vented and it started raining in the interstitial space between the copper dome and the plaster ceiling of the rotunda.
Also the south portico is pretty impressive, although most people never get to see it because the entrance is on the north side (and you should get a load of the library and legislative reading room!)
As they say in the realty biz, a great fixer-upper. She needs a little TLC these days, but still a grand old gal!
|323: Empress Hotel||Really, its the Empress Hotel, it defines the Victoria Harbor and Victoria.|
|324: Home Lumber Company Office||It showcases this small (comparatively) company's product line perfectly - needs no sign.
It's also chock full of surprises:
1-a gorgeous jewel box in an otherwise slightly grungy light industrial area;
2-looks even better at night, the floods make the roof appear to float;
3-perfectly reflects its era - the 1970's: and its West Coast location ;
4-no gimmicks or needless ornamentation - simply beuatiful;
5-its an Arthur Erickson where you'd least expect one.
|330: The Old Butter Church, or...The Indian Stone Church||In the early 50's my second cousin, West Van painter Martha Von Zuben, gave our family a painting she had done of the the Old Butter Church on Vancouver Island. For as long as I can remember it was on the wall in our living room in West Van. I loved it and now I have inherited that watercolour. This painting and the fireplace/hearth were to me, the spiritual centre of our home. I am about to have cards printed up of this work. the church was built in 1870 in the Cowichan Valley by the Roman Catholic missionary Father Peter Rondeault and the natives in the area. The priest sold butter churned from his cows to buy the stones and the labour of the natives. it is known as, 'the church of no service,' because no natives would attend this church. All the natives who worked on the construction of this church died mysteriously. Try looking at www.joejack.com/theoldstonechurch.html for more information and pictures. it is located on the Comiaken Native Reserve.|
|337: Tseshaht Tribal Multiplex & Health Centre||It's a wonderful statement of the Tseshaht Nation's identity. It fits its riverside location perfectly. It makes excellent use of local materials (cedar). It echoes Nuuchahnulth building styles. I suspect it is sadly unappreciated by the many locals and tourists who drive by without really noticing.
Another nominator writes: The Tseshaht Multiplex fits so well into its surroundings, yet at the same time is a stunning addition to the river landscape. Every time I make a trip to Tofino it is a treat to pass by the Multiplex and admire it in different seasons. Wood is used beautifully, and the result is that the building looks more like a beautiful resort than an administration building.
|368: Yoga Weyr||This building makes me feel fortunate to be in such an open, natural, and awe-inspiring environment. It was built from the heart of the owner, Alex Scarr, as a contribution to our community (Nanaimo River area, Central Vancouver Island). In the twenty years I have spent teaching and studying Yoga world-wide, it is undoubtably the most beautiful space I know of in which to gather in the practice of Yoga.|
|373: St. Patrick's Catholic Church||I usually don't like contemporary buildings, but this one is elegant. The interior of the church is even more impressive than the exterior. It deserves a mention.|
|374: Ross Bay Villa||Its architecture is charming (Gothic Revival, on such a modest cottage); its history is astonishing (one of the few Victoria survivors from the 1860s, home of a pioneer MP). But above all it is a dramatic symbol of what Volunteers can achieve --restored to its original glory, inside and out, after being abused and almost demolished.
Volunteers have worked for almost 14 years, underpinning the foundations, restoring plaster, replicating missing parts, painting throughout, and finally meticulously furnishing to the 1860s.
Another nominator writes: One of very few remaining 1860s buildings in this area; the public rooms beautifully restored by dedicated volunteers; a model for high standards in care of built heritage.; more than any other old building, it gives me a real sense of the aspirations-versus-reality in the lives of English colonists in BC.
|376: Beaver Point Community Hall||Built approx 100 years ago, beaver point hall has been kept in great original condition and in continuous use as a community gathering space for events such as seasonal fairs, concerts, weddings, family celebrations and meetings. It has an amazing original wood interior and acoustics so terrific it's like being inside a fine crafted wooden instrument. It sits wonderful alongside the road to ruckle park which was one of the earliest b.c. farms and once the site of a ferry dock.|
|379: Pemberton Memorial Operating Room||The Pemberton Memorial Operating Room, a National Historic Site of Canada, stands in the middle of a modern hospital setting. The operating room illustrates the surgical practices of the 1890’s and the aseptic principles introduced by Lord Joseph Lister.
Architect, John Teague designed the operating room in 1896. Today, architect John Keay is guiding the heritage restoration.
“Although the operating room was typical of operating rooms built or refurbished in the 1890’s in terms of the interior and its facilities, its design as nearly freestanding operating room with no provisions for observers was unique in Canada. Incorporating elements of both 19th and 20th century design the Pemberton therefore represents a key transitional moment in the history of hospital design in Canada”. Backgrounder, Parks Canada Agency 2006.
The Pemberton Operating Room Medical Museum and Interpretive Centre will provide education, exhibits and interpretation of medical history for the public.
|383: Silven Springs||Silven Springs was designed to be in harmony with the natural beauty and tranquility of the Salish coastal forest. This west coast modern design, by architect Brian Hemingway, reclines gracefully into a natural forest of majestic cedars and firs along a landscape edge above the Saanich Inlet. The architect achieved the owner’s fundamental desire to integrate the surroundings into the structure by bringing the outside light, views and tranquility of the forest and ocean into the home. Glass covered terraces, skylights and extensive use of clerestory provide the transformative feeling of living in harmony with nature. The
Douglas fir timbers and stone were sourced on the island. Heating and cooling is accomplished using geothermal energy. It is a magical place to live with natures calming influence felt throughout the home.
|392: FAB Fog Alarm Building||This building sits on a grassy field by the light house on the tip of East Point on Saturna Island B.C. East Point is the most southerly tip of Saturna which is the most southerly of the Gulf Islands. This FAB (Fog Alarm Building) is a lovingly restored old landmark that warned mariners along with the lighthouse of the infamous Boiling Reef lurking under the waters at the tip of Saturna and also Rosenfelt Reef at the tip of Tumbo Island. Moby Doll (the first Killer Whale ever to be captured) now rests in the FAB with all of the pictures and News Stories of the capture to educate people to the way it was back in the early sixties to the way it is now with all that we have learned in our treatment of the mammals that we live with. History and stories of Saturna Island and the Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands are all carefully restored and displayed in this tiny two room white shingled building that sits on the tip of East Point over looking the most beautiful vistas.|
|395: Denman Island General Store||Firstly the Denman Island General store is the only place where you can buy groceries and liquor on the island. The old front screen door swings open and then slaps closed on its own. The floors creak as you walk across their uneven surface, the staff are friendly and helpful and you can buy almost anything you might need from lip balm to liquor from from french fries to fly swatters. And then the delicious local produce. And besides the buiilding is beautiful with its false front and 100 plus years of serving the Islanders!|
|407: Yellow Point Lodge||I love Yellow Point Lodge because it is a welcoming, loving place nestled against rock, amid the forest & overlooking the ocean. It connects its guests with nature and each other through its beauty, staff & architecture; honey-coloured massive beamed logs, coil sprung dance floor, walk-in fireplace, walls of windows, comfortable furnishings, and doors to patio/outdoor lounging areas that invite guests to interact with each other and the environment.The original lodge was built by Mr. Hill in 1939, and then rebuilt (after a fire) in 1986 with the help of family, staff and builders and the Friends of Yellow Point Society. It retains its original charm and dedication to hospitality, comfort, & nature.The lodge is ideally located, with the ocean on three sides; a perfect place to watch the waves, wildlife, sky, stars, sunrises & sunsets.It is a place well-loved by local guests as well as many who return each year from afar to re-experience its beauty.|
|401: Emily Carr House||When I temporarily lived in Victoria, I lived 2 blocks from this house and walked past it on my way to work every day. The childhood home of Canadian painter Emily Carr, it is now a National Historic Site of Canada.|
|400: St Ann's Academy||St. Ann’s Academy, originally an all-girls Catholic school and convent, was built in 3 stages. The chapel, built in 1858 as the original St. Andrew’s Cathedral, was moved from its original location to St. Ann’s in 1871. A convent was added in 1886, and the west wing in 1909. Closed as a school in 1974, the Academy is now home to the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, after an extensive gutting and rebuilding of the interior. The chapel was maintained and restored to 1920s decor and is now used for weddings. Whenever I visit Victoria, I always make sure to at least walk by St. Ann's.|
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|388: Rolla Pub||I'm new to the region and kept hearing about this place the infamous "Rolla Pub". Seems people travel from far and wide to visit the tiny town (300 people) of Rolla BC just to have the experience of entering this historic building, viewing all the artifacts and knik knacks on display, and listening to outstanding live music on friday and saturday nights. I finally went and checked it out for myself and was amazed to find such an interesting, colourful, kitschy sort of place out in the middle of nowhere. The building is the hub of this little community. Once known as the Columbia Hotel, it was built in 1920 by R. Jephson. It has been featured in several publications including Vanishing BC and Discover the Peace Country. Since 2007, the Martin family, owners of the pub have started a fundrasier for the much needed repairs. I would like to nominate this building as one of BC's top 100 because I want it to receive the recognition it deserves as an iconic landmark of the north.|
|369: Dawson Creek Art Gallery||This building is utterly unique in concept, design and its cultural value in presenting visual arts in BC. In 1982 the community recognized the value of preserving one of the iconic symbols of Dawson Creek’s agricultural heritage: the prairie grain elevator. Built in 1948, the elevator and annex was moved to its present location in 1982 and opened as an art gallery in 1983. This achievement was recognized by the 1984 Heritage of Canada Foundation Award of Merit. The exhibition ramp system was designed by local architect Jim Rose.
Since 1983, the South Peace Art Society has operated the Dawson Creek Art Gallery as an inclusive, creative, cultural centre for all members of the community and the BC Peace Region on behalf of the City of Dawson Creek.
|351: Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts||Originally Dawson Creek's post office circa 1957, this majestic heritage building has been repurposed into a modern, bright, airy community art centre complete with a state-of-the-art theatre, 5 dance studios, 8 music rooms, pottery room, quilt room, visual arts studio, 3 meeting rooms, a quaint cafe, and a year-round group daycare centre. Glass walls and multiple windows allow natural light to flood the main and second floor lobbies and filter into the lower level; maple accents infuse the space with warmth. Unassuming from the exterior, one only needs to walk through the main doors to instantly feel the beauty and vibrancy of this community arts centre. Five years of planning and construction will culminate on September 8, 2014 when the facility officially opens its doors to the public.|
|315: British Columbia Police Barracks and Jail||Built in 1910, the B.C. Police Barracks and Jail is the oldest building in the Fort St. John area. It was built on the flats across the Peace River from Fort St. John. This building contained bedrooms, offices, cooking quarters, and jail. People registered their traplines, homesteads, and mining claims here. The police served as Government Agents, signing birth, death, and marriage registrations. The barracks housed the first telegraph office in the region. The barracks was moved by truck and railway to the Fort St. John North Peace Museum where it was restored. It opened to the public in 2013.|
|335: University of Northern B.C.||The original buildings constructed on the campus overlooking Prince George were designed specifically for a northern climate so students are able to move from one area of the campus to another without going outside where temperatures are often below zero. The architecture incorporates wood because the forest industry is important and aboriginal themes because the aboriginal population is large in that part of the province. Also the opening of this university marked the beginning of a movement away from concentrating university programs in the south-western part of the province making university education more accessible to north-central B.C.'s students. This is important to me because I was denied a university education because of the cost of moving to the Lower Mainland, my children made great sacrifices to obtain their degrees away from home but my grandchldren are able to do so while living at home. I do not live in Prince George now so am unable to submit pictures.|
|312: Prince George airport||Prince George airport is a stunning piece of architecture that showcases innovative material use through thoughtful design. It's central atrium allows visitors to escape the dreary routines of air travel.|
|202: the Farm, Dunster||The hand-hewed logs were reconstructed from an early pioneer site nearly ten miles away. One by one the logs were numbered, then stacked again like Lincoln Logs, their markings still visible. The house is located in the Robson Valley along the Fraser River and can be seen from the train tracks that cut through the Rockies. Flowers adorn the exterior while the interior invites the visitor in with smells of baking bread and endless conversation around the oak table.|
|173: Residence, 1323 Connaught Driver, Prince George||I've always loved this cool little house since it was built sometime in the 1960s. Occupying a narrow triangular shaped lot, the architect (unknown) created a kind of "Jetsons Flat Iron" design with its roof line extending out over the deck and beyond.|
|198: The Igloo, Hwy 16 west of Smithers||Can this get anymore CANADIAN !!! Where else can anyone pull off a igloo??? I drive for a living and every time I drive past this it makes me smile. I believe this is a taxidermy shop but I'm not positive. But it is my favourite building in all of Canada|
|195: North Pacific Cannery||The cannery is ah historic building that is still in use. People tell me the building is full or memories. These memories are recalled in the building form, colours, and location, and provide the cannery building with layers of meaning about our province and its history.|
|289: House of Sim-oi-ghets||Kitsumkalum is located 3 miles west of Terrace at the confluence of the Kalum and Skeena Rivers, as is home to the Gilla Guoex, People of the Robin. in 1996, the old Community Centre, House of Sim-oi-ghets was dismantled and the new building, designed by architect, Helen O'Toole, constructed. Reminiscent of the traditional long house, the richly decorated Sim-oi-ghets is the heart of community and hosts celebrations, weddings, funerals and feasts. This pictures speak for themselves.|
|352: Prince Rupert City Hall||Perhaps the iconic building in Prince Rupert as it's design is a marriage of the European influenced Art Deco style, by architect
Max Downing, and native motifs designed by local Tsimshian artist, William Jefferies. It was built in 1938 for the federal government but when a new Federal building was constructed a block away, the City of Prince Rupert purchased it for use as their municipal offices in 1964. The building facade is unaltered as is much of the interior including the impressive Council Chambers. The building is flanked by people parks on either side, giving it an accessible presence downtown.
|363: Kitasoo/Xaixais Big House||It has become the cultural centre for the Kitasoo/Xai’xais people. I strongly recommend visiting and spending time here, even though, with ferry cuts, it is harder than before.|
|346: St. John the Divine Anglican Church, Quick (near Telkwa) BC||This beautiful little church, designed by Caledonia's second Bishop, Bishop Frederick DuVernet, is off the grid and will celebrate its 100th anniversary this year. it has a very interesting history. It was originally built at a place about 10 miles away called Hubert. Because of shenanigans between local land speculators and the Grand Truck Pacific Railway (then under construction) Hubert did not develop the way it was supposed to and it eventually became a "ghost town". In 1928 the church was dismantled, each piece of lumber being carefully numbered and it was moved on a flat car down the railway line and then by horse wagon to its present location in the farming community of Quick. There it was reassembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle. It has a beautiful interior with some priceless wood carving, also of historical interest. It is still active with services conducted there once a month.|
|390: First Nations Cultural Centre in Teslin||Wonderful building in a very peaceful setting|
|404: Nass Valley hotsprings||The natural hotsprings pool can be enjoyed by sitting in this little building, after climbing up a steep cliff face using a rope and then hiking through berry patches and cedar trees. The building itself fits so easily into the landscape and the bench is comfortable. The building is everything a building should be: it provides shelter, using local labour and materials and without using more resources than necessary.|
|399: Waap Galts'ap (Community House), Terrace||I attended the opening of this longhouse in Terrace and realized how much the building meant to the local community. The building celebrates British Columbian architectural history and Tsimshian traditions, but it is more than history: it is a place where students from around the province can work directly with one another and with knowledge-holders, thereby enabling students to become a part of the larger community. Students from the college were involved in construction of the building, from the foundations to the artwork. Tsimshian knowledge-holders were involved throughout the design and construction, again showing how much the building is part of the community.
Another nominator writes: This building is an accurate representation of the traditional longhouses built over the last century by the many First Nations in our region. The high vaulted ceilings and infusion of light evoke their affinity with, and respect for, the natural world. The large open area speaks of the sense of community which continues to be a core value of our First Nations people.
|182: Bella Bella Community School||Shaped like an eagle , the building speaks of the local Heiltsuk Culture. A recent renovation to do seismic and envelope upgrades included a rich and beautiful shingle and paint job to complete the look. It is the centre focal point of a proud First Nation on the Central Coast.|
|405: Gingolx Media Centre||The symbolic painting on this building depicts stories from Nisga'a history while suggesting some of the artistic pursuits undertaken inside, where students of this remote coastal community have been learning advanced media techniques while working on webpages, videos, blogs, and other media. The building seems to suggest that time is a continuum, since the painted images on the front of the building tell a story much like those told on the media images its occupants produce.|