The statue of Captain George Vancouver in front of City Hall



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Vancouver City Hall:
Built in only 330 days

By Gregor Gosciniak

7 August 2007: Construction of the new Vancouver City Hall began on 3 January in Vancouver's Golden Jubilee Year of 1936 and was completed on 1 December of the same year .The first cornerstone was laid by former Mayor Gerry McGeer on 2 July. Construction of the building was commissioned by the Vancouver Civic Building Committee and the building was designed by architect Fred Townley and Matheson.

The $1 million construction cost was provided by a special bond issue. City Hall was completed on 1 December after only 330 days of construction work. The building has a twelve storey tower featuring a clock on the top. As a decorative item an eight-foot statue of Captain George Vancouver was placed at the front of the building. George Vancouver was a Royal Navy officer, who became well known for his exploration of North America, including the Pacific coast along today’s Canadian province of British Columbia and the American states of Alaska, Washington state and Oregon. The statue was designed by Charles Marega and unveiled on 20 August 20 by the then Lord Mayor of London, Sir Percy Vincent.

Besides unveiling the statue, Sir Percy also presented several gifts to the city like a civic mace and a sprig "...from a tree in the orchard where a falling apple gave Isaac Newton the idea that led to his theory of gravity." Till today the mace and the statue still reside at city hall. The outer doors of City Hall are decorated with lock plates displaying the Vancouver Coat of Arms, and each doorknob bares the monogram of the building.

The ceiling on the second floor of the rotunda is covered with gold leaf, originating from several British Columbia gold mines. The building's style stands at a transitional point between the vertical, highly ornamented Art Deco style and the simpler, more horizontal Modern.

The ceremonial and formal spaces of the third floor, which include today’s Council Chambers are still the same they were in the late 1930s. The chambers are two stories in height, with a rear balcony, high windows, large brass wall sconces, a central inset clock, and beautifully veneered wall panels. The woodwork is lovingly detailed and very well preserved.

The four large modernistic cast brass suspended chandeliers still light the Chambers. The first mayor of Vancouver to occupy the brand-new city hall on 2 January 1937 was George Clark Miller after he won the civic election the previous December. Construction of an additional four-storey east wing began in 1969 and was completed in 1970. In March1976 the complex was officially declared a historic site. Today City Hall is home to Vancouver City Council and the office of Mayor Sam Sullivan, a recipient of the nation’s highest honour, the Order of Canada, for his community service on behalf of marginalized people. Mayor Sullivan is the founder of six non-profit organizations that have improved the lives of thousands of North Americans with disabilities. After being elected to Vancouver City Council in 1993, Sullivan served as a Councillor for 12 years. He was elected Mayor in November 2005.



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