List of tallest buildings in Victoria, British Columbia

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The inner harbour with the Victoria skyline, at night.
Victoria skyline as of 2006
Victoria Harbour contains a lot of the city's heritage highrise buildings.

Victoria is both the largest city on Vancouver Island and the capital and second largest metropolitan area in British Columbia. In Victoria, there are 13 buildings that stand taller than 50 m (164 ft). The tallest building in the city is the 22-storey, 70 m (230 ft) Orchard House.[1] Currently there are 13 buildings taller than 50 meters, but there are also 10 buildings taller than 50 meters which are being considered by city council. Three of these proposed buildings would be taller than Sussex. The second-tallest building in the city is Orchard House, standing at 62 m (203 ft) tall with 22 storeys.

As of June 2012, the city contains 3 skyscrapers over 60 m (197 ft) and 47 high-rise buildings that exceed 35 m (115 ft) in height.[2]

The tallest development that is under construction in Victoria is Promontory at 66.3 m (218 ft) and 21 floors.[3] As of February 2011, there are 18 high-rises under construction, approved for construction, or proposed for construction in Victoria.[2]

Tallest buildings[edit]

This list ranks Victoria high-rises that stand at least 50 m (164 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts.

Buildings completed as of February, 2011
Rank Building Height Floors Completed
1 Orchard House[1]
(Office)
70 m (230 ft) 11 1995
2 Orchard House[4]
(Residential)
62 m (203 ft) 22 1969
3 Astoria[5]
(Residential)
61 m (200 ft) 20 2006
4 Roberts House[6]
(Residential)
59 m (194 ft) 21 1973
5 Executive House Hotel[7]
(Hotel)
58 m (190 ft) 17 1965
6 North Park Manor[8]
(Residential)
57 m (187 ft) 16 1975
6 View Towers[9]
(Residential)
57 m (187 ft) 19 1968
8 Fanin Building[10]
(Museum)
56 m (184 ft) 13 1967
9 The Falls[11]
(Residential)
54 m (177 ft) 18 2009
9 The Manhattan[12]
(Residential)
54 m (177 ft) 15 1995
9 Regents Park East[13]
(Residential)
54 m (177 ft) 17 1991
12 Bank of Commerce Tower[14]
(Office)
50 m (160 ft) 12 1969
12 Chateau Victoria Hotel[15]
(Mixed use)
50 m (160 ft) 18 -

Other notable buildings[edit]

The central dome of the Parliament building.

British Columbia Parliament Buildings

The British Columbia Parliament Buildings are located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and are home to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.

The Neo-baroque buildings face north on Belleville street facing the Inner Harbour and diagonally across from The Empress Hotel. A statue of Queen Victoria stands on the front lawn as well a statue of a soldier to commemorate the province's World War I, World War II and Korean War dead. Atop the central dome is a gold-covered statue of Captain George Vancouver.

The Empress Hotel at night.

Empress Hotel

The Fairmont Empress (most commonly known as The Empress) is one of the oldest and most famous hotels in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Located on Government Street facing the Inner Harbour, the Empress has become an iconic symbol for the city itself.

The hotel has 477 rooms, with most either overlooking the Inner Harbour or the hotel's rear courtyard gardens. It has four restaurants, including The Bengal Lounge, which is decorated in Victorian-era, Colonial Indian style (when Queen Victoria was the Empress of India) or Kipling's, which is named after its once frequent guest and visitor, author Rudyard Kipling. In 2005, Kipling's closed its doors to the public in order for the hotel to gain more space for private functions.

2009-0605-Victoria-Harbor-PAN.JPG
A panorama of the inner harbour of Victoria.

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

History of the tallest buildings in Victoria[16]
Period Building Height Floors Image
1897-1908 Legislative Building
Government
34 m (112 ft) 5 [17] BC Legislature Bldg.jpg
1908-1965 Fairmont Empress
Hotel
35.4 m (116 ft) 10 [18] 2009-0605-TheFairmontEmpress.jpg
1965-1969 Executive House Hotel
Hotel
58 m (190 ft) 17 [7]
1969-1995 Orchard House
Residential
62 m (203 ft) 22 [4]
1995-Present Sussex Place
Office
70 m (230 ft) 11 [19]

Projects[edit]

Projects as of February, 2011
Building Height Floors Year Status Notes
Roundhouse, tower II 88 m (289 ft) 27 2017 Proposed If constructed, this building will be the tallest in British Columbia outside of Metro Vancouver.[20]
Hudson Place Tower I 72 m (236 ft) 24 2013 Proposed [21]
Roundhouse, tower III 71 m (233 ft) 18 2013 Proposed [22]
Promontory 66.3 m (218 ft) 21 2014 Under Construction [3][23]
Roundhouse, tower IV 67 m (220 ft) 16 2015 Proposed [24]
Dockside Village tower I 65 m (213 ft) 18 2014 Proposed [25]
Dockside Village tower II 65 m (213 ft) 18 2014 Proposed [26]
The 834 40 m (130 ft) 14 2011 Under Construction [27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Orchard House". Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Victoria Skyscraper map". Skyscraperpage.com. Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Promontory". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Orchard House". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Astoria". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Roberts House". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Executive House Hotel". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ "North Park Manor". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "View Towers". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Fanin Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  11. ^ "The Falls". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The Manhattan". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Regents Park East". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bank of Commerce Tower". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Chateau Victoria Hotel". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Timeline of tallest buildings in Victoria". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Victoria legislative". skyscraperpage. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  18. ^ "Fairmont Empress". skyscraperpage. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  19. ^ "Sussex Place". Retrieved 2011-02-17. 
  20. ^ "Roundhouse, tower II". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Hudson Place Tower I". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Roundhouse, tower III". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Tall Tower rises in Victoria". Journal of Commerce. February 29, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Roundhouse, tower IV". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Dockside Village tower I". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Dockside Village tower II". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012. 
  27. ^ "The 834". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved June 2, 2012.