First Canadian Place is a skyscraper in the financial district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the northwestcorner of King and Bay streets, andis home to the Toronto headquarters of the Bank ofMontreal. It is Canada's tallest skyscraper and the eleventh tallest building in NorthAmerica. It is the third tallest free-standing structure inCanada, after CN Tower, also inToronto, and the IncoSuperstack in Sudbury, Ontario.
First Canadian Place under construction in 1975.First Canadian Place is named for Canada's first bank, the Bankof Montreal. The site was the last of corners of King and Bay to be redeveloped in the 1960s and 1970s, and a major bidding war began over theproperty.

When completed, the building was nearly identical inappearance to Stone's Aon Center in Chicago, Illinois; completed two years previous as the Standard Oil Building,the Chicago tower is of the same floor plan and clad in the same marble,the only overtly visible difference being the verticalorientation of the windows, as opposed to the horizontal run ofthose on First Canadian Place.First Canadian Place was the 8th tallest building in the world to structural top (currently 44th) and the tallest building overall outside of Chicago and New York. It wasalso the tallest building in the Commonwealth of Nations until the completion of the PetronasTowers in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia, in 1998.The Bank of Montreal "M-bar" logo at the top of the building wasthe highest sign in the world from 1975 until overtaken by the signatop CITIC Plaza in1997. The roof is still the location of a number of antennas usedfor radio and televisionbroadcasting.

The structure contains 29 elevators, and is one of only a few buildings in the world that uses the double-decked variety and is connected to the underground PATHsystem.

The same white Carrara marble as used on the AonCenter is employed as an exterior cladding and interior finish for First Canadian Place, with six hundred tons of the material on eachfloor. Foreshadowing what would take place with First CanadianPlace in 2007, one of the marble slabs of the Aon Centre detached in 1974, falling and penetratingthe roof of a neighbouring building, resulting in an eventual recladding of the entire Aon Center in white granite between 1992 and 1994. This problem would surface at First Canadian Place as well, as, during an intense storm on the evening of 15 May 2007, a 1 metre by 1.2 metres, 140 kilogram (300 pound), piece of whitemarble paneling fell from the 60th storey of the tower's southernface onto the 3rd floor mezzanine roof below, causing authorities to close surrounding streets as a precaution. In late 2009, it was announced that, Brookfield Properties, the ownersof First Canadian Place would follow the example of the Aon Centerand replace, over the course of three years, the tower's 45,000marble panels with new ones in glass (not granite like the AonCentre), those on the main expanses with a white ceramic frit and the corners in abronze tint.


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    Nothing compared to NYC buildings!
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