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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Downtown on time!


The Clock tower of the Vancouver Block on Granville Street, was constructed by Dominic Burns of the Burns Meat family

In 1910 Dominic had the Vancouver Block built on Granville Street. Then he moved into the penthouse upon completion of the building in 1912 and lived there until his death in 1933. The building is recognized by its large clock tower and has incredible historic value with its prominent location (highest point of land in Downtown Vancouver) and being an early example of Edwardian commercial buildings that typified the building boom at the turn of the last century.

The Dials of the clock are 22 feet in diameter, on what was the largest clock in Canada when the building was completed.
A minor earthquake on December 7th, 1918 stopped the clock. Now works in perfect conditions and is one of my favorites buildings Downtown...hope you like it too.

6 comments:

Malyss said...

Great architecture!
And I like the harmony of different greys on your picture..

april said...

A nice building with a beautiful clock. The wires are not so nice, are they of electrical buses?

Neorelix said...

Excellent! I would love a clock like that in my living room...

Darlene said...

Hi Barbara

I love your site. GREAT photos.

I see we share a lot of interests including red wine and photography. :-)

My husband is the photographer in the family even though my father was a professional photographer. He didn't manage to teach me much. But he did teach Bill a lot.

If you're interested in seeing his photos, let me know. I'll send you the link. I don't like people that post their own sites

As I said - great photos and nice blog.

Take care.
Darlene

angela said...

I bet he had a superb view from his penthouse. I'd like to live there myself..

agrajag said...

Nice short.

If Darlene is right, then you might be interested in visiting my other blog too, it's about (not only red) wines from the old world (well, Hungary to be more precise). You'll find the link from my photo blog.

Cheers,

a

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