CN Tower (Edmonton)

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CN Tower
CN Tower (Edmonton) is located in Edmonton
CN Tower (Edmonton)
Location within Edmonton
General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Architectural style International Style
Location 10004 104 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 53°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 started 1964
Completed 1966
Opening February 14, 1966[1]
Cost C$10.5 million
($76.1 million in 2016 dollars[2])
Owner Strategic Group
Roof 110.92 m (363.9 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 26
Design and construction
Architect Abugov & Sunderland
Main contractor Hashman 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.


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]

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 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]

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  1. ^ a b "CN Tower — 1966". Capital Modern Edmonton. 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ Canadian inflation numbers based on Statistics Canada. "Consumer Price Index, historical summary". CANSIM, table (for fee) 326-0021 and Catalogue nos. 62-001-X, 62-010-X and 62-557-X. And Consumer Price Index, by province (monthly) (Canada) Last modified 2016-01-22. Retrieved March 2, 2016
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  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. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ Carefoot, Stacey (April 1, 2008). "Canadian National Railway Office - Walker Office". Kaisan Architecture. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ Drake, Laura; Kehler, Therese (July 19, 2009). "Violent storm damages Edmonton's CN Tower". Edmonton Journal. The Vancouver Sun. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 

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Preceded by
Hotel Macdonald Annex
Tallest building in Edmonton
Succeeded by
Edmonton House