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


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


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


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!



*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 wiki, The Marine Building

The History of Metropolitan Vancouver - Vancouver Archives


**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: