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Identification

Main Post Office
Vancouver Mail Processing Plant
241439

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
modernism

Usages

governmental office post office

Facts

  • The helipad on the roof has never been used.
  • Once the largest welded steel structure in the world.
  • Building covers an entire city block, bounded by Homer, Hamilton, Dunsmuir and Georgia streets.
  • In 1954 the federal Minister of Public Works applied to the City to construct and operate a mail transfer tunnel underneath city streets from the CPR station to the new post office.
  • Shortly after completion of the tunnel, mail began to move by air and so the tunnel was never used.
  • The post office tunnel is two kilometres long and reaches depths between 4 1/2 and 12 metres, and was built at the cost of $1.6 million.
  • Opened on March 14, 1958 with Public Works Minister Howard Green and Postmaster-General William Hamilton officiating.

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Location

349 West Georgia Street
349 West Georgia Street
V6B 3Z1
Downtown
Vancouver
British Columbia
Canada

Technical Data

121.00 ft
8
1953
1958
$13,000,000

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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