Vote for what you think is the “most iconic” building in Vancouver


Over the past few days CBC Municipal Affairs reporter Justin McElroy (the guy who made it unofficial that Canuck the Crow is Vancouver’s ambassador) has been hosting a series polls on Twitter trying to get to the bottom of a simple question:

What is the most iconic building in Vancouver?

People participating in the polls were forced to make some tough decisions, and some fairly easy ones.

Is the Hobbit House on King Ed more iconic than every Vancouver Special?

Is the hideous Qube on Georgia (sorry, it’s ugly) more a symbol of our city than the exquisite Museum of Anthropology building out at UBC?

Are we more defined by the Waterfall Building near Granville Island (which many don’t even know exists) or Canada Place in Coal Harbour?

The Marine Building on Burrard and Science World on False Creek have wound up on top, and today is the final day in which you can vote for your favourite.

Some of the most iconic buildings in Vancouver. Photo @j_mcelroy Twitter


The Marine Building was completed in 1930 and was then the tallest building in the city.

It was once owned by the Guinness (beer) family who built the Lions Gate Bridge.

A stunning thing to behold at street level, you’d be well-advised to go on a walking tour to venture inside this Art Deco masterpiece.

The Marine Building Vancouver. Photo Shutterstock

Science World (as it is referred to in Justin’s poll) was designed by Bruno Freschi and was completed in 1985, in time for Expo 86.

It is the crown jewel of False Creek.

Originally named Expo Dome, in 2006 its naming rights were given up for $9 million so it would become Telus World of Science, which it’s known as now. It was temporarily named Russky Dom during the 2010 Olympics when Russia took it over.

Science World. Photo Shutterstock

McElroy told me that his “personal winner” is “the thing I get to look at from my bedroom every morning, and it’s really no contest”.

Justin McElroy likes Science World. Photo @j_mcelroy Twitter

Let the most iconic building win.

Vote now (if you have a Twitter account)!