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 by Henriquez Partners Architects in 1986 at a cost of $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.[1] The buildings that comprise the centre are the Post Office (1910 - David Ewart), the handsome and architecturally esteemed[2] 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[3] and has a food court.[4] The complex was renovated in 1986 and renamed after former Vancouver MP James Sinclair.


  1. ^ "Sinclair Centre". Emporis Buildings. Retrieved 2007-04-12. 
  2. ^ Vancouver, then & now. Chuck Davis. Magic Light Publishing. 2001. ISBN 1-894673-08-5
  3. ^ Leone and L2 [1]
  4. ^ "Sinclair Centre". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-04-12. [dead link]

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