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Dominion Building

Dominion Building
Alternative names Dominion Trust Building
General information
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style Second Empire
Location 207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Construction started 1906
Completed 1910
Roof 44.8 m (147 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 13
Design and construction
Architect J.S. Helyer and Son

The Dominion Building (originally Dominion Trust Building) is a commercial building in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Located on the edge of Gastown (207 West Hastings St), it was Vancouver's first steel-framed high-rise. At 53 m (175 ft), the thirteen-storey, Second Empire style building was the tallest commercial building in the British Empire upon its completion in 1910.[6] Its architect was John S. Helyer,[7] who is said to have died after falling off the staircase in the front of the building, though this is an urban legend.[8]

The financiers of the structure were the Counts von Alvensleben from Germany, who were active in Vancouver's financial scene at the time. It was generally held at the time that they were a front for the Kaiser's money, which carried the suggestion that the Empire's tallest building had been built by its greatest rival.

Today it is a provincially designated Class "A" heritage structure.

Owned by Newton Investments Limited, it was restored by restoration expert Read Jones Christofferson. The building's current tenants include a film production company (Haddock), clothing designers, record labels, Living Oceans Society and Fair Trade Vancouver, an artist's supply store, Opus, and a Lebanese restaurant, Nuba.

The Dominion Building sits across the street from The Neverending Story. It can be seen from Water Street.

The Dominion Building, as well as other elements of Victory Square, were filmed for scenes in an abandoned city in Battlestar Galactica.

The initial rooftop chase scene from Blade: Trinity was shot at the Dominion building.

The 2012 TV show Alcatraz also used this as a location in the opening episode, although the program was set in San Francisco, a lot of the location work was done in Vancouver. The Dominion building can also be seen in the background later in the series when a landmine is found in Victory Square.

Can Lit. author Timothy Taylor. maintains a writing office in this building.

See also


  1. ^ Dominion Building at CTBUH Skyscraper Database
  2. ^ Dominion Building at Emporis
  3. ^ Dominion Building at SkyscraperPage
  4. ^ Dominion Building at Structurae
  5. ^ "Dominion Building". ssp. 2011. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  6. ^ City of Vancouver's plaque on the building, photo visible here
  7. ^ Helyer was in partnership with his son, Maurice, as J.S. Helyer & Son (Blue Plaque; the firm also erected the building housing the Vancouver Stock exchange at 148 West Hastings Street (1908) (now "Regal Place"), the ten-storey Metropolitan Building on Hastings Street (1911-12), and the Board of Trade building at Homer and Cordova, (1909), using poured-in-place concrete; Maurice Helyer built the Medial Arts Building on Granville Street (1922-23), according to Au Petit Chavignol in another Maurice Helyer building, at 845 East Hastings.
  8. ^ Emporis Building Database

External links

  • Oakes Weekly
  • Dominion Building restoration
  • Dominon Building

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