The Marine Building is not open to the public, as such – it is a fully functioning place of work, so access is only during the week in office hours. It is, however, well worth seeing! Built in 1929 in Art Deco style, this skyscraper was the tallest building in Vancouver for a few years after opening in 1930. Before entering the building, take time to stand and stare at the amazingly detailed arched entrance and also up the outside of the building – you will see why the building is so named! Once inside, wander around the lobby area to enjoy and admire the continuing marine theme decorations of flora, fauna, ships and transportation of the period – all finely crafted and complemented in hardwoods, marble, stone, brass, gold and more. Stained glass windows allow the light to flood in. If you are lucky, as we were, a smartly uniformed commissionaire will invite you to take the Art Deco lifts to the next floor, where you can get a closer look at the lobby’s ceiling decorations from the balcony walkway. The Marine Building is a gem of a find and well worth a visit, it’s also free.
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