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Beaux Arts in the Sun

The Sun Tower is a 17 story beaux arts building with a faux-patina steel dome and nine maidens supporting its cornice line. When it was completed in 1912, it was the tallest building in the British Empire.

The building originally housed The Vancouver World and was called the World Building but the name changed in 1937 when The Vancouver Sun moved in. Designed by architect William Tuft Whiteway, the building is laid out like an l-shaped block with a nine-story tower placed atop the first eight stories.

The nine terracotta caryatids that support the cornice created a bit of a scandal in Vancouver with their naked breasts and partially clothed bodies. Decorative stone carvings of animal skulls, fruit and flowers sit near the top of the tower.

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