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The Electra

Identification

The Electra
B.C. Hydro Building, B.C. Electric Building
112975

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
curtain wall
modernism

Usages

residential

Facts

  • Formerly the headquarters of BC Electric (now BC Hydro), this building was converted into condominiums with offices and retail shops at the lower levels. It has 100 office strata units and 242 residential units.
  • Claimed to be the tallest office tower in the British Commonwealth when completed, which it never was.
  • Vancouver's very first "modern" skyscraper.
  • For many years "BC Electric" left all its lights on throughout the night creating a city landmark.
  • First high-rise building south of Georgia Street.
  • Dal Grauer, president of BCE, insisted in the original plans that desks be placed no farther than 15 feet from a window, for natural light as well as the view.
  • Every day at 12 noon a loud horn at the top plays the first four notes of the national anthem (O Canada).
  • From 1957-1998 address was 970 Burrard Street.
  • After conversion, all condos were sold in just 8 hours.
  • Artist B.C. Binning's blue, green and black mosaic tiles are an integral part of the building's design.

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Location

989 Nelson Street at Burrard
V6Z 2R4
Downtown
Vancouver
British Columbia
Canada

Technical Data

293.00 ft
262.00 ft
22
1955
Mar 1957
1995

Involved Companies

consultant, facade supplier, steel supplier

1995

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings