Is it something unusual from Expo 86 or is it an old favorite built nearly 100 years ago?

Vancouverites love their historic buildings.

While tourists or people familiar with the city through movie TV shows might pick Canada Place or Science World as Vancouver’s most iconic building, locals in a poll this month chose one of downtown’s oldest high-rises as the most iconic.

Marine building.

With nearly a third of the votes going to the Maritime Building, it was a solid win for the detailed Art Deco masterpiece built in 1929-30. It may not be the most famous building in Vancouver, but it certainly has its fans, and it has been a central part of the heart of the city Nearly a century ago.

Thanks to its detailed design, it is not only an iconic part of the cityscape, but also interesting up close.

Second and third place were essentially tied, with Canada Place, built for Expo 86, receiving 18 per cent of the vote, both from local residents and everyone asked. The Vancouver hotel scored worse with locals than out-of-towners.

Although it is the third version, the current Vancouver Hotel is largely the same age as the Naval Building (although it was completed slightly later).

Science World came slightly behind in fourth place with 15 percent of the votes.

At the top of the bottom three was the downtown library, with just under 10 percent of the vote. While some people found BC Place and Harbor Center (the tower housing the revolving restaurant) special, it was only about three or four percent.

Vancouver Is Awesome polled among 1,019 readers Vancouver Is Awesome and asked the question: What is the most famous building in Vancouver?

The survey continued from 3/9/2023 to 10/9/2023. Of the 1,019 votes, we can determine that 609 of them are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

World of science 15.11% local, Total 15.01%

Canada place 18.06% local, 18.06% overall

Place BC 3.78% local, Total 4.32%

Port Centre 3.78% local, Total 3.83%

Marine building 32.68% local, Total 31.31%

Vancouver hotel 17.57% local, 18.65% overall

City center library 9.03% local, Total 8.83%

local the total

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

Vancouver Is Awesome uses a variety of technologies to capture data, detect and block fraudulent votes, detect and block bots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.

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