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Skylon Tower

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Identification

Skylon Tower
123663

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Structure in General

observation tower
existing [completed]
load-bearing foundation walls
gray
modernism

Usages

restaurant observation

Facts

  • The 3 elevators are called "yellow bugs" because they seem to crawl up the stem and have windows like bug eyes.
  • The total weight of concrete used in the tower's construction was around 61,200,000 lbs.
  • The tower features a revolving restaurant motivated by a 3 horsepower motor and completes one revolution per hour.
  • At the time of construction, the complex used around 3,200 miles (5,184 km) of electrical cabling.
  • The elevators were the first of their type in Canada and run on guide rails and can reach the top of the tower in 52 seconds.
  • The concrete for the tower was was poured into a slip form for 38 days, non-stop.
  • The tower was offcially opened on 6th October 1965.

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Location

5200 Robinson Street
L2G 2A3
Skylon Centre
Niagara Falls
Ontario
Canada

Technical Data

520.01 ft
520.01 ft
477.01 ft
1964
1965
3

Involved Companies

B+H Architects

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • Panoramic elevators are present
  • Revolving floor is present
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