Sinclair Centre

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Vancouver Post Office, c. 1937, now part of the Sinclair Centre complex.

Sinclair Centre is an upscale shopping mall in Downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. It is located at 757 West Hastings Street between Granville and Howe streets. The centre comprises four buildings that were restored and connected by a new atrium space designed by Henriquez Partners Architects and Toby Russell Buckwell Architects in 1986.[1] The cost for this work was 38 million. The main post office was housed here from 1910 until the new one opened in 1958. The Post Office Building is in an Edwardian Baroque style, combining English and French influences. It features an atrium clock consisting of four 12-foot-diameter (3.7 m) clocks built in 1909 and is the largest clock movement in Western Canada; the minute hands alone weigh 92 kilograms (202 pounds) each. In addition to the mall, the building has a seven floor office tower occupied by the federal government.[2] The buildings that comprise the centre are the Post Office (1910 - David Ewart), the handsome and architecturally esteemed[3] Winch Building (1911 - Thomas Hooper), the Customs Examining Warehouse (1913 - David Ewart), and the Federal Building (1937 - Thomas W. Fuller). The mall is home to elite boutiques[4] and has a food court.[5] The complex was renovated in 1986 and announced on November 13, 1983 that it was to be renamed after former North Vancouver Member of Parliament and Minister of Fisheries James Sinclair, maternal grandfather of 23rd Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ Governor General's Medals in Architecture webpage. Retrieved 2015-10-19
  2. ^ "Sinclair Centre". Emporis Buildings. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  3. ^ Vancouver, then & now. Chuck Davis. Magic Light Publishing. 2001. ISBN 1-894673-08-5
  4. ^ Leone and L2 [1]
  5. ^ "Sinclair Centre". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-04-12. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Ex-cabinet minister, Maggie's father dies". The Ottawa Citizen. United Canadian Press. 1984-02-08. Retrieved 2015-10-22. 
  7. ^ Mickleburgh, Rod (2007-08-21). "Family members protest sale of Sinclair Centre". The Globe & Mail. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  8. ^ Ormiston, Susan (2015-10-19). "Justin Trudeau draws upon family legacy as he completes homestretch". CBC News. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 

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Coordinates: 49°17′09″N 123°06′50″W / 49.285968°N 123.113868°W / 49.285968; -123.113868