Granville Square

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Granville Square
General information
Architectural styleBrutalist / Modernist
Address200 Granville Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6C 1S4
Coordinates49°17′13″N 123°06′45″W / 49.28694°N 123.11250°W / 49.28694; -123.11250
Construction started1971
Architectural138.4 m (454 ft)
Technical details
Floor count30
Floor area36,940 m2 (397,600 sq ft)
Design and construction
DeveloperMarathon Reality

Granville Square is a prominent tower located at 200 Granville Street in the Financial District of the downtown core of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Completed in 1973, the building stands at 138.4 metres (454 feet) tall. The building and its plaza are located adjacent to Waterfront Station (formerly CPR station), atop the tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railway.


Granville Square overlooks the rail yard of Waterfront station.

Granville Square was originally built by Marathon Realty to house the headquarters of the Canadian Pacific Railway. [citation needed] Construction of the building began in 1971 and finished in 1973. The tower was one of the only completed parts of Project 200, a proposed mixed-use redevelopment in Vancouver's Gastown and Downtown Eastside neighbourhoods. The project included offices, hotels, and residential towers to be built over the CPR train tracks and other historic structures. The project was cancelled due to a lack of funding and grassroots opposition, leaving Granville Square as one of its only remnants.[2]

In 2022, Granville Square received a Zero Carbon Building certification from the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) following a number of decarbonization initiatives.[3][4][5]

Ownership and usage[edit]

The building was fully owned by Cadillac Fairview until 2017, when the real estate company sold a 50% stake in its Vancouver portfolio, split evenly between the Ontario Pension Board and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.[6][7]

Real estate investment firm Colliers International occupies four floors and has been located in the building since its completion in 1973.[citation needed] Postmedia newspapers the Vancouver Sun and The Province operated out of the building from 1997 to 2017, initially occupying eight floors but shrinking to three floors over the years.[8][9] As of 2024, software company Alida (formerly Vision Critical) occupies the mezzanine.[10]

On top of the building sits the Vancouver Harbour Control Tower, which is responsible for guiding the floatplanes that take off and land on the Burrard Inlet.[11] At 142 metres high, it was the tallest air traffic control tower in the world as of 2019.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "200 Granville Square - The Skyscraper Center". Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  2. ^ "This Week in History: 1966: A concrete monstrosity is proposed for Gastown waterfront". Vancouver Sun. Jun 25, 2021. Retrieved March 29, 2024.
  3. ^ Choi, Tyler (November 11, 2022). "Seven CF Vancouver offices certified as zero carbon by CaGBC". Retrieved 2024-04-15.
  4. ^ "Cadillac Fairview announces commitment to achieve Net Zero emissions before 2050". Cadillac Fairview. May 16, 2022. Retrieved April 14, 2024.
  5. ^ "Granville Square". Cadillac Fairview. Retrieved April 14, 2024.
  6. ^ "Cadillac Fairview sells half of its Vancouver properties, including Pacific Centre | Venture". Daily Hive. Retrieved 2024-04-15.
  7. ^ "Trophy assets dominate Vancouver 2017 sales". Retrieved 2024-04-15.
  8. ^ Chan, Kenneth (October 28, 2016). "Sun and Province newspapers to leave downtown Vancouver office | Venture". Daily Hive. Retrieved 2024-04-15.
  9. ^ Ip, Stephanie (October 27, 2016). "Vancouver Sun and Province to move to new office in 2017". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved April 14, 2024.
  10. ^ "Connect With Us". Alida. Retrieved 2024-04-15.
  11. ^ "See inside the tower controlling the chaos of Vancouver Harbour's airspace". CBC. March 6, 2020. Retrieved April 14, 2024.
  12. ^ "A Day at the Harbour Tower: Managing Vancouver's Airspace". Harbour Air Seaplanes. 2019-07-11. Retrieved 2024-04-15.

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