List of tallest buildings in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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The Halifax skyline
Halifax's nighttime skyline
Halifax skyline from Citadel Hill (click to enlarge)

Halifax is the largest city in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia and in Atlantic Canada. In Halifax, there are 15 buildings that stand taller than 70 metres (230 ft). The tallest building in the city is the 32-storey, 98 m (322 ft) Fenwick Place,[1] though the most famous buildings are the Purdy's Wharf towers which are the second- and eighth-tallest buildings in the city. These buildings were constructed in a modernist architectural style, representing the city's efforts to add visual interest into the skyline. The third-tallest building in the city is 1801 Hollis Street, standing at 87 m (285 ft) tall with 22 storeys.

As of June 2017, the city contains 9 skyscrapers over 75 m (246 ft) and 93 high-rise buildings that exceed 35 m (115 ft) in height.[2]

Tallest buildings[edit]

Various high-rises buildings in Downtown Halifax surrounding the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Financial District surrounding Halifax City Hall

This list ranks Halifax high-rises that stand at least 65 m (213 ft) tall, based on standard height measurement. This includes spires and architectural details but does not include antenna masts.

The three towers under construction for the Halifax Convention Centre
Buildings completed as of February 2017
Rank Building Height Floors Completed Image
1 Fenwick Tower
(residential)[1][3]
98 m (322 ft) 32 1971
Fenwick Place
2 Purdy's Wharf Tower 2
(office)[4]
88 m (289 ft) 22 1990
Purdy's Wharf Tower 2
3 1801 Hollis Street
(office)[5]
87 m (285 ft) 22 1985
1801 Hollis Street
4 Barrington Tower
(office)[6]
84 m (276 ft) 20 1975
Scotiabank Centre - EXTERIOR - 091914 - Paul Darrow (3).JPG
5 TD Centre
(office)[7]
83 m (272 ft) 21 1974/2014
TD Centre Halifax.jpg
6 Cogswell Tower
(office)[8]
79 m (259 ft) 20 1975
Cogswell Tower
7 Maritime Centre
(office)[9]
78 m (256 ft) 21 1974
Maritime Centre
8 Icon Bay (residential) 75 m

(246 ft)

22 2017 Icon Bay.jpg
8 Queen Square
(office)[10]
75 m (246 ft) 19 1975
Queen Square in Dartmouth
10 Purdy's Wharf Tower 1
(office)[11]
74 m (243 ft) 18 1985
Purdy's Wharf Towers 1 and 2
11 Bank of Montreal Building
(office)[12]
73 m (240 ft) 18 1971
BMO Building, Halifax
12 The Maple (residential) 72 m

(236 ft)

21 2017 The Maple Halifax.jpg
13 Duke Tower
(office)[13]
71 m (233 ft) 16 1970
Duke Tower
13 Founders Square
(office)[14]
71 m (233 ft) 15 1970
15 Tupper Building
(educational)[15]
70 m (233 ft) 16 1967
15 Park Victoria
(residential)[16]
70 m (233 ft) 21 1969
ParkVictoria HalifaxNS.jpg
15 Summer Gardens
(residential)[17]
70 m (233 ft) 21 1990
18 Loyola Residence Tower
(residential)[18]
67 m (220 ft) 22 1971
Loyola Residence Tower
19 Metropolitan Place
(office)[19]
67 m (218 ft) 16 1987
Metropolitan Place
20 Bank of Commerce
(office)[20]
66 m (217 ft) 16 1977
CIBC Building
21 Nova Centre South Tower (office) 65 m (213 ft) 15 Under Construction
Argyle Street and Nova Centre.jpg
21 The Trillium
(residential)[21]
65 m (213 ft) 19 2011
Trillium Building Halifax NS.jpg

Other notable buildings[edit]

Dominion Public Building

Dominion Public Building[edit]

The Dominion Public Building is a 13-storey art deco-style office building located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Completed in 1936, it originally served as the central post office for the City of Halifax and contained various other government offices.

A four-story addition using similar materials was added to the building during the 1960s. The building underwent extensive interior renovations and upgrading during the early 1990s, and the sandstone exterior was removed, cleaned, and then restored between 2008 and 2009. This also allowed the building's steel frame to be repaired and restored.

Province House

Province House[edit]

Province House is where the Nova Scotia Legislature, known officially as the Nova Scotia House of Assembly, has met every year since 1819. The building is Canada's oldest house of government.

Standing three stories tall, the structure is considered one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in North America. It commenced operation on February 11, 1819.

Halifax Central Library

During 1848, Province House was the site for the first form of responsible government in the British Empire outside the United Kingdom. The building is located in downtown Halifax on a block bordered by Hollis, Granville, George and Prince streets

Halifax Central Library[edit]

The Halifax Central Library stands at the corner of Spring Garden Road and Queen Street. It serves as the flagship library of the Halifax Public Libraries, replacing the Spring Garden Road Memorial Library. The library won a Lieutenant Governor’s Design Award in Architecture for 2014 and a Governor General's Medal in Architecture in 2016.

Projects[edit]

Under construction, on-hold and approved[edit]

Projects as of February 2017
Building Height Floors Year Status Notes
The Maristella
(residential)[22]
109 m (358 ft) 33 2013 Approved Upon completion, this building will be the tallest building in Atlantic Canada and tallest on the eastern seaboard of North America north of Boston. Part of King's Wharf.
Fenwick Tower Redevelopment
(residential)
102 m (335 ft) 34 2015 Under Construction When rebuilt, Fenwick Tower will be the tallest fully residential tower east of Montreal.
International Place
(office)[23]
100 m (330 ft) 22 2016 On-hold Upon completion, this will be the tallest office building in Atlantic Canada.
Europa Tower
(mixed use)[24]
85.5 m (281 ft) 28 2015 Approved
1595 Barrington Street
(residential)[25]
71 m (233 ft) 20 2013 Under Construction Approved by HRM Regional Council on May 10, 2011.
King's Wharf II
(mixed use)[26]
70 m (230 ft) 17 2015 Approved Part of the massive King's Wharf development in Dartmouth.
King's Wharf III
(residential)[27]
64 m (210 ft) 18 2014-2015 Approved Part of the massive King's Wharf development in Dartmouth.
King's Wharf Office
(office)[28]
52 m (171 ft) 10 2015 Approved Part of the massive King's Wharf development in Dartmouth.
19Twenty Apartments
(residential)[29]
56 m (184 ft) 18 2014 Completed Part of the redevelopment of the Citadel Halifax Hotel.
Hampton Inn by Hilton Halifax-Downtown
(hotel)[29]
49 m (161 ft) 16 2014 Completed Part of the redevelopment of the Citadel Halifax Hotel.
Homewood Suites by Hilton Halifax-Downtown
(hotel)[29]
49 m (161 ft) 16 2014 Completed Part of the redevelopment of the Citadel Halifax Hotel.
The Anchorage
(Residential)[30]
36 m (118 ft) 12 2013 Completed Part of the massive King's Wharf development in Dartmouth.
Nova Centre
(commercial)[31]
64 m (210 ft) 18 2015 Under Construction The Nova Centre will replace Halifax's current World Trade Centre.
Nova Centre Office
(office)[32]
73 m (240 ft) 15 2013 Under Construction
Nova Centre Hotel
(hotel)[26]
70 m (230 ft) 20 2013 Under Construction
YMCA Tower 2
(residential)[33]
63 m (207 ft) 18 2012 Approved
YMCA Tower 1
(residential)[34]
50 m (160 ft) 14 2013 Under Construction
The Alexander
(residential)[35]
55 m (180 ft) 19 2012 Under Construction
The Roy
(residential)[36]
71 m (233 ft) 22 Under Construction

Proposed[edit]

Proposals as of July 2016
Building Height Floors Year Status Notes
Skye Tower I
(Residential)[37]
150m 48 2014 Scrapped If built, the towers would have been the largest buildings north of Boston and largest in Atlantic Canada. Project has been redesigned from 27 storeys to 48.[38][39]
Skye Tower II
(Residential)[40]
150m 48 2014 Scrapped [38]
307 Prince Albert
(Residential)[41][42]
45 m (148 ft) 15 2014? Proposed Proposed to contain 92 mostly 2-bedroom units with 130 underground parking spaces
Cunard Block
(Mixed use)[43]
45 m (148 ft) 15 2014? Proposed Expected to start 2019, pending progress on Queen's Marque

Timeline of tallest buildings[edit]

History of the tallest buildings in Halifax[44]
Period Building Height Floors Image
1819–1930 Province House
(Government)
30 m (98 ft) 3 Province House (Nova Scotia).jpg
1930–1936 Hotel Nova Scotian
(Hotel)
50 m (160 ft) 15[45]
1936–1967 Dominion Public Building
(Office)
53 m (174 ft) 13[46] Dominion Public Building, Halifax.JPG
1967–1970 Tupper Building
(Education)
70 m (230 ft) 16[15]
1970–1971 Duke Tower
(Office)
71 m (233 ft) 16[13]
Duke Tower
1971 – present Fenwick Place
(Residential)
98 m (322 ft) 32[1]
Fenwick Place

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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