Sunday, November 14, 2010
Marine Building, Vancouver (part 1)
Another McCarter & Nairne work in Vancouver (see article on the Nurses of Vancouver below) is the Marine Building.
I'm interested primarily in buildings with faces, and while the Marine Building has a few of those, it's a riot of sculptural decoration. The exterior is covered with, among other things, terra cotta representations of 1920s-vintage modes of transport.
True to its maritime name, many of these are seagoing vessels, such as a naval ship,
a Viking-type ship,
and a submarine.
There are also a biplane,
and a steam locomotive.
More about the history of the building and its faces tomorrow.