Sun Tower

Origins

Originally called the World Building, it was built in 1912, and was the tallest building in the British Empire at the time. One of Vancouver’s longest serving mayors and owner of the World newspaper, L.D. Taylor, commissioned it’s construction. Taylor could boast of having 84,000 square feet of floor space and 17 storeys to house his newspaper once completed.  Unfortunately, it hit hard dimes quickly after its construction as the 1913 recession put World newspaper out of business. In 1937 the Vancouver Sun moved in after a few other tenants, giving the building its Sun Tower name.


The Sun Tower helped bring Vancouver into the North American conscious with its grandiose and beauty. It also significantly changed Vancouver’s skyline with its bright lights and green roof, which towered over everything else at the time.

Today

The building was recently purchased in 2008 by Allied Properties, which has turned the building into primarily office space with other retail services such as a gym. The building itself has not changed significantly, with some minor renovations in the interior to suit office needs.


The Sun Tower continues to stand out along Vancouver’s skyline as a stark reminder of Vancouver’s past and continued definition as a world class city.

Work Cited

  • Cushman & Wakefied. Blog. 22 September 2011. 25 November 2011 <http://suntowerbuilding.com/category/blog/>.
  • Cushman & Wakefield. History. 26 November 2011 <http://suntowerbuilding.com/building/history/>.
  • Penner, D. E. "New owners promise Sun Tower restoration." The Vancouver Sun 19 March 2008.
  • Davis, Chuck. The Sun Tower. 25 November 2011 <http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/archives_suntower.htm>.