Sun Tower

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Sun Tower
Vancouver Sun Tower.jpg
Former namesWorld Building
General information
TypeCommercial offices
Location128 West Pender Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Coordinates49°16′52″N 123°06′30″W / 49.2810°N 123.1084°W / 49.2810; -123.1084Coordinates: 49°16′52″N 123°06′30″W / 49.2810°N 123.1084°W / 49.2810; -123.1084
Construction started1911
Roof82.34 m (270.1 ft)
Technical details
Floor area6,357 m2 (68,430 sq ft)
Design and construction
ArchitectWilliam Tuff Whiteway

The Sun Tower is a Beaux-Arts building at 128 West Pender Street in Vancouver, British Columbia. The building is known for its faux-patina steel dome painted to imitate copper cladding.[4]

The building was commissioned by L. D. Taylor to house his newspaper, The Vancouver World. It was designed by W. T. Whiteway, who was also the designer for the original Woodward's building nearby.[4] After the building was finished in 1912, it was called The World Building. It became the tallest building in the British Empire at 82 m (269 ft).[4] It surpassed the former record-holder, the Dominion Building which is located just around the corner. It was also the tallest building in Canada for two years until Toronto's 20-story Optima Business Centre opened in 1914 and surpassed it.[4] In 1918, many Vancouverites turned out to watch Harry Gardiner, the "Human Fly", scale the outside of the building.[5]

The building was bought by The Vancouver Sun in 1937 and was it was renamed. Although The Vancouver Sun newspaper had long since moved, first to South Granville then to Granville Square, the building has kept the name.[4] The outside of the building was used as the Watchtower in Smallville. The tower had to be digitally enhanced to look taller. In some of the shots, the tower is the highest building in Metropolis.[6] The building was also used as Chance's and Winston's office in the television show Human Target.[7]

On March 19, 2008, it was announced that Sun Capital had bought the building on March 17. After they bought it, they overhauled the fabric and interiors of the building. In turn, the building was sold to the current owners Allied Properties REIT in August 2011.[8] The heritage building is promised to be restored by the new owners.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sun Tower at Emporis
  2. Sun Tower at Glass Steel and Stone
  3. "Sun Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Sun Tower". Emporis. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  5. "Immense throng witnesses "Human Fly" scale Tower building in front of Sun offices". The Vancouver Sun. Archived from the original on 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  6. "Vancouver has a starring role in film". The Sun Tower. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  7. "Human Target Filming Locations". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  8. "Towering Over An Empire". The Sun Tower. Archived from the original on 2015-01-18. Retrieved 2014-09-12.
  9. "New owners promise Sun Tower restoration". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2014-09-12.

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