VANCOUVER 2010 WINTER OLYMPICS | THE LOOK OF THE GAMES :: «THE LOOK» @ THE MAIN POST OFFICE

Vancouver’s General Post Office by McCarter, Nairne, and Parters (1955) is a big hulk of a building. It’s a tough piece of architecture to like. Yet, its details are fascinating.

I thought it looked particularly fine all done up for the Olympics.

The following is from Exploring Vancouver 2 (1978). On the cover: Vancouver’s most egregious piece of architecture, ever: Harbour Centre by WZMH Architects, reflected in César Pelli’s Toronto-Dominion Bank Tower (1972), itself a pale reflection of Mies van der Rhohe’s TD Centre (1967), an important milestone in Toronto’s architectural development whilst Vancouver got second-rate knock-offs in its CBD.

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Vancouver’s first post office buildinig, c. 1937

Douglas Aitken: Winch Building and old Vancouver post office

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