CN Tower (Edmonton)

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CN Tower
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CN Tower (Edmonton) is located in Edmonton
CN Tower (Edmonton)
Location within Edmonton
General information
StatusComplete
TypeOffice
Architectural styleInternational Style
LocationEdmonton, Alberta, Canada
Address10004 104 Avenue NW
Coordinates53°32′49″N 113°29′29″W / 53.54694°N 113.49139°W / 53.54694; -113.49139Coordinates: 53°32′49″N 113°29′29″W / 53.54694°N 113.49139°W / 53.54694; -113.49139
Construction started1964
Completed1966
OpeningFebruary 14, 1966[1]
CostC$10.5 million
($80 million in 2018 dollars[2])
OwnerStrategic Group
Height
Roof110.92 m (363.9 ft)
Technical details
Floor count26
Design and construction
ArchitectAbugov & Sunderland
Main contractorHashman Construction Ltd.

CN Tower is an office tower in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It stands at 111 metres (364 ft) or 26 storeys tall, and was built and formerly owned by the Canadian National Railway Company. At the time of its construction it was the first skyscraper in Edmonton, and the tallest building in Western Canada.[1] Its reign as Western Canada's tallest building lasted from 1966 to 1971, when it was surpassed by Edmonton House.

History[edit]

The building site was once the home to the CNR Edmonton station c. 1905 as well as the 1928 addition. The former was demolished in 1953 and latter gave way to the CN Tower in 1966.[3]

Former railway station that was demolished to make way for the tower.

Designed by Abugov & Sunderland, it was western Canada's tallest office tower when completed in 1966. It is now owned by Calgary-based Strategic Group, and the last remaining CN employees moved out of the building in 2008.[4] The CN logo is still found over the main entrance and on the top of the building.

Built to overlook the old Canadian National rail yard, the building's basement once housed Edmonton's main passenger railway station, until the Canadian National railway tracks leading to Downtown Edmonton were removed in 1998.[5][6] Since then, passenger trains serving Edmonton have stopped at the Edmonton railway station situated near the then active Edmonton City Centre Airport (shut down in 2013).

The building suffered structural damage to the exterior on July 18, 2009, during a severe thunderstorm. Two vehicles were crushed by the falling debris at the base of the building.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CN Tower — 1966". Capital Modern Edmonton. 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  2. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada tables 18-10-0005-01 (formerly CANSIM 326-0021) "Consumer Price Index, annual average, not seasonally adjusted". Statistics Canada. January 18, 2019. Retrieved March 6, 2019. and 18-10-0004-13 "Consumer Price Index by product group, monthly, percentage change, not seasonally adjusted, Canada, provinces, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit". Statistics Canada. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Edmonton CNR Railway Stations (104 Ave at 100 Street and 101 Street)". Lost Edmonton. Retrieved 2017-08-30.
  4. ^ "CN vacates downtown Edmonton's landmark CN Tower". CAW National Council 4000. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  5. ^ Herzog, Lawrence (November 16, 2011). "The Lost Series: Edmonton's Lost Railways". Edmonton Heritage Council. Archived from the original on 2012-05-14. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  6. ^ Carefoot, Stacey (April 1, 2008). "Canadian National Railway Office – Walker Office". Kaisan Architecture. Archived from the original on 2012-06-01. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  7. ^ Drake, Laura; Kehler, Therese (July 19, 2009). "Violent storm damages Edmonton's CN Tower". The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved May 31, 2012.

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Preceded by
Hotel Macdonald Annex
Tallest building in Edmonton
1966–1971
364ft
Succeeded by
AGT Tower