Monday, September 23, 2013

VANCOUVER Views - The Marine Building

A landmark building in Vancouver was completed in 1929, when the world seemed black and white.


The Marine Building, Vancouver, 1929 - Canada PD**

". . .some great crag rising from the sea, clinging with sea flora and fauna, tinted in sea-green, touched with gold."

This description by the builders, 'McCarter and Nairne', gives insight into the Art Deco design and its purpose.

The Marine Building, Vancouver, by DG Hudson


With its heritage design, the architecture of this building has proven adaptable for certain period films. The building has been used for film and tv productions, such as Timecop, Smallville, Blade Trinity, Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.


In Vancouver, drive westward on Hastings until it meets Burrard Street. There at the end is the soaring Art Deco building at No. 355. There was an observation deck, but during the Depression the 25 cents admission  proved unaffordable for most. Currently, there are no public galleries in the building.




The Marine Building, Vancouver, by DG Hudson

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The design on this front door is impressive, meant to frame the doormen who stood in front of the brass doors when they opened in 1930 and showcasing the fine quality of its craftsmen. Business offices occupy this building today.



Marine Building Entrance, by DG Hudson

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Highlighted against the Marine Building, a dolphin sculpure in the photo below reflects our ocean heritage. Only a few blocks away, you can find a city beach and a seawall walk. The skyline of a vibrant city is always changing, so photograph that building before it's hidden behind another or gone forever.



Vancouver - Sculpture and Marine Bldg, by DG Hudson

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Are you a fan of architecture or Heritage buildings? OR, did you see any of the movies listed above? Do you photograph buildings for description purposes or because you like the design of the structure?

Please share your answers in the comments, and thanks for dropping by!

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References:

*Marine = of or related to shipping or naval matters; not used in a military sense

Marine Building Detailed Art Deco designs Blue designs framing front entrance):

 Close ups of Marine Building - details of design, Marine Building

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Building wiki, The Marine Building

The History of Metropolitan Vancouver - Vancouver Archives

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**1929 - Canadian Public Domain = Image, The Marine Building

This Canadian work is in the public domain in Canada because its copyright has expired for one of the following reasons: it was subject to Crown copyright and was first published before 1963; Refer to:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Marine_Building_1929.png

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24 comments:

  1. I love to photograph architecture and bridges. My fave building is probably the TransAmerica Pyramid in SF. I used to shoot that all the time. Haven't been to NYC much but I love the Chrysler bldg. And of course the jaw dropping BC Legislative Bldgs & Empress in Victoria. I also love to shoot churches and cathedrals.

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    1. You've named several buildings I like too, JoJo. I'd forgotten about the SF skyline, too. It's a good way to test that new camera, too.

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  2. i really enjoy the old buildings in our city and i am so happy that many are still standing---i can't believe the old buildings, that were torn down--such a shame!

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    1. I'd love to see photos of those, Lynn. We need more preservationists who want to renovate, rather than replace with glass and steel.

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  3. I am an architecture fan. And I love this building! Thanks for stopping by my blog this week.

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  4. Loved the photo journey through your eyes!

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  5. Very cool building. And I'm sure I've seen it on television or in a movie. They're always filming in Vancouver it seems.

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    1. Not filming so much these days in Vancouver, but yes we see lots of cities that look like Vancouver. . .even in the future, in I, Robot.

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  6. Art Deco is one of my favorite styles. And yep, I love taking photos of buildings so I can keep them in mind later when I write. :-)

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    1. I like Art Deco too, Misha, it's such an elegant style.

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  7. Such character in those old buildings. I love them. Most newer buildings seem more impersonal and lacking in the human touch. I've seen all the films mentioned except for the Blade film.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I think the same, elegance and style is missing in some of the streamlined buildings. How many of them will survive? About the films: One of our daughters was an extra in The Fantastic Four film, and had to work at night (in downtown Vancouver).

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  8. I enjoy looking at old buildings and learning their history. (Just the other day I was trying to imagine how an old black and white photo would look in color.)

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    1. I love portraits in Black and White. I've scanned some older photos so I could work with them.

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  9. Great piece, D.G.! I do enjoy looking at architecture. You make we want to come visit.

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  10. I'd be happy to show you around. Meanwhile, I'll keep posting about my city.

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  11. Cool! So was the building used as the Daily Planet on Smallville???

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    1. Yes - here's the link to the wiki, Jay.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Building

      Smallville was filmed at this location and a few others. One daughter was an extra in Smallville episodes.

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  12. I really love old buildings, there are some beautiful ones in London!

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    1. I have only seen photos, one day, I hope to get to London. And maybe to Scotland.

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  13. I do enjoy architecture. I think anyone who appreciates the art in things around them probably enjoys architecture, as well. I photograph it when I see something I'm fond of. I've been wanting to do a project where I drive around the city photographing the various churches and homes of religion, because the architecture varies so much from building to building, with so many amazing buildings that are overlooked.

    I love the description of the marine building. It really does change it to look at it through those eyes.

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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    1. That's a great idea, Shannon. I like linking things together like that. And I love architecture.
      That description written for the Marine building was quite poetic.

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