#Thursday Doors – Marine Building, Vancouver

Marine Building 1This week’s door is a revolving door from the Marine Building, located at 355 Burrard St, Vancouver. Built in 1930 in the Art Deco style, the Marine Building was the tallest building in Vancouver until 1939, and for a brief time was the tallest building in the British Empire. It is currently used as private offices, though the exterior has appeared in several movies and TV shows, including Timecop, Blade: Trinity, The Fantastic Four (2005 version) and Smallville.

Marine Building 2Here’s more of the beautiful detailing around the doors and the stained glass window above, which from inside has several bands of coloured glass, just visible in this image. (Bear with me – these photos are about twenty years old and I’ve done what I can with them.)

If you’re in Vancouver, wander down and have a look at the building – it’s well worth doing so. While there are no public galleries in the building, you can go into the lobby, plus there’s a restaurant on the ground floor. And here’s a bonus door – the magnificent Art Deco elevator doors, still in place. You can also see some of the floor detail, which is marble inlaid with the signs of the zodiac.

Marine Building 3Thanks for checking out my Thursday Door, part of Norm 2.0’s Thursday Door Challenge. Hop on over to his site and see some more, or add a door of your own!

29 thoughts on “#Thursday Doors – Marine Building, Vancouver

  1. Oy, the Fantastic Four was shot in Vancouver? I didn’t know that. Now I’ll have to go watch it again and look out for familiar scenery.
    And why haven’t I seen the Marine Building before? I’ve been down there lots of times. Will have to rectify it next time I’m Downtown Vancouver.

    1. Oh yes, definitely go and see it – I didn’t get there last time I was in Vancouver and I regret it. It’s on the list for next time I visit! And yes, not sure how much of The Fantastic Four was shot in Vancouver, but apparently the Marine Building was used as The Baxter Building in both Fantastic Four and Rise of the Silver Surfer. Now I might have to go and watch them as well! πŸ™‚

  2. sad there has been no mention of the elevators when each elevator had a pretty lady for an operator and across from the elevators on the main floor a supervisor had a sitting area where she could view which floor had signalled for service
    at one time a decision was made to change the appearance of the doors which were constantly cleaned and polished since brass requires so much attention

    1. Hi Ron – thank you for your comment, and also the little piece of history πŸ™‚ It’s fascinating to hear that the elevators were once manned and supervised. I’m so glad they decided to keep the original doors, as they are so magnificent – I’m afraid my photograph really doesn’t do them justice. You were very lucky to have lived in such an extraordinary building πŸ™‚

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