All Aboard! History and Architecture at Pacific Central Station

A unique opportunity at an iconic station

Date TBC
2pm – 4pm


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Join us on a unique tour to mark the 100th birthday of the landmark Pacific Central Station. Sitting on hundreds of piles driven into the mud of the former upper reaches of False Creek, the station was built for the Canadian National Railway and formally opened in November 1919. On this tour led by Historian John Atkin, we will poke into the nooks and crannies of the building, explore a few dark and damp places, get out onto the platforms and enjoy refreshments in the Panorama Lounge.

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About Pacific Central Station

Pacific Central Station is located on reclaimed land of False Creek and was built as the western terminus of the Canadian Northern Pacific Railway. Because it was built on filled land, the station is built on a system of pre-cast concrete piles. Designed by architects Pratt & Ross, this monumental structure is similar in style to the Canadian Pacific Railway Station on Cordova Street, as this grand style was considered at the time the appropriate image for a train terminal. The exterior utilizes locally-sourced materials including granite, brick and andesite, a volcanic stone from a quarry on Haddington Island off the northeast coast of Vancouver Island.

Opened in 1919, it is one of few buildings to begin construction during wartime, which curtailed most other projects.