Vancouver is, to say the least, an eclectic collection of architectural designs. The city can, in layman's terms, easily be split into... more » architectural epoches - pre-1950, 1960s modernism, and post 1986 contemporary. And each of these styles can be seen without traveling outside the downtown core, though they aren`t restricted to that part of Vancouver.
Historical structures include the Vancouver Arts Gallery, the former Canadian Pacific Railway Station, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, and Christ Church Cathedral. Other historical architecture can be seen in Gastown, Chinatown and Yaletown, areas that date from the 1800s and early 1900s.
In Gastown, for example, you'll find what was once the Hotel Europa. Built in 1912, this was Vancouver’s first steel and concrete structure, modeled after Manhattan’s Flatiron Building. It was once the grandest hotel in Vancouver with a lobby of brass and marble detailing. Today it's a business office and the bottom level is devoted to small stores selling antiques.
For the 1960s, walk along West Georgia Street and past the post-modern buildings that line the main artery.
Contemporary achitecture can be found everywhere in the city and its environs - from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, the Museum of Anthropology on the University of BC campus, the Wall Centre on Burrard Street, and the new 62-storey Shangri-La tower at the foot of Burrard Street. less «