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Poll: What's the most iconic building in Vancouver according to locals?

Is it something unusual from Expo 86 or an old favourite built nearly 100 years ago?
These are the most iconic buildings in Vancouver according to our poll. Clockwise from left: The Marine Building, Science World, Hotel Vancouver, Canada Place.

Vancouverites love their historic buildings.

While tourists or people familiar with the city from TV shows of movies might pic Canada Place or Science World as the most iconic building in Vancouver, locals in a poll this month picked one of the city's oldest towering downtown buildings as the most iconic: The Marine Building.

With almost a third of the votes going to the Marine Building, it was a solid win for the detailed Art Deco masterpiece built in 1929 and 30. It may not be the most famous building in Vancouver, but it certainly has its fans, and has been a central piece of the city's core for nearly a century.

And with its detailed design, it's not only an iconic part of the cityscape but also interesting up close.

Second and third place essentially tied, with Canada Place, built for Expo 86, sailing in with 18 per cent of the vote, whether its locals or everyone that was asked. Hotel Vancouver scored poorer with locals than with out-of-towners.

While it's the third edition, the current Hotel Vancouver is pretty much the same age as the Marine Building (though it was finished a bit later).

Science World was just behind in fourth place with 15 per cent of the vote.

At the top of the bottom three was the downtown library with just under 10 per cent of the vote. While some people did find BC Place and the Harbour Centre (the tower with the revolving restaurant) iconic, it was only around three or four per cent.

Vancouver Is Awesome polled 1019 Vancouver Is Awesome readers and asked the question: What's the most iconic building in Vancouver?

The poll ran from 9/3/2023 to 9/10/2023. Of the 1019 votes, we can determine that 609 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Science World 15.11 % local, 15.01 % total    
Canada Place 18.06 % local, 18.06 % total    
BC Place 3.78 % local, 4.32 % total    
Harbour Centre 3.78 % local, 3.83 % total    
The Marine Building 32.68 % local, 31.31 % total    
Hotel Vancouver 17.57 % local, 18.65 % total    
The downtown library 9.03 % local, 8.83 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Vancouver Is Awesome readers who are located in Vancouver. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 3.07%, 19 times out of 20.

Vancouver Is Awesome uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.