Marine Building
The Marine Building is a skyscraper located at 355 Burrard Street in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia Canada near the Financial District, designed by McCarter Nairne and Partners. It is renowned for its Art Deco details. The brainchild of Lt. Commander J.W. Hobbs of Toronto, it was opened on 7 October 1930, and at 97.8m (22 floors) it was the tallest skyscraper in the city until 1939. According to the architects, McCarter & Nairne, the building was intended to evoke "some great crag rising from the sea, clinging with sea flora and fauna, tinted in sea-green, touched with gold." The building cost $2.3 million to build -- $1.1 million over budget -- but due to the Great Depression it was sold to the Guinness family of Ireland for only $900,000. The 2004 property assessment is $22 million. There was an observation deck, but during the depression in the 1930s the 25 cents admission price proved unaffordable for most. Currently, there are no public galleries in the building. Inside the massive brass-doored elevators the walls are inlaid with 12 varieties of local hardwoods. All over the walls and polished brass doors are depictions of sea snails, skate, crabs, turtles, carp, scallops, seaweed and sea horses, as well as the transportation means of the era. The floor presents the zodiac signs. The exterior is studded with flora and fauna, tinted in sea-green and touched with gold. During a renovation from 1982-1989 to update the electrical, mechanical and air-conditioning systems, the "battleship linoleum" (imported from Scotland) in the lobby was replaced with marble. The former Merchant Exchange was also gutted, and changed into a high-class Chinese restaurant (Imperial Chinese Restaurant). The floor was raised so that diners could take advantage of the room's huge windows. The building has often been used in film and television. It was the setting for the final scene in the movie, Timecop . Recently, the building has gained notice as the Daily Planet headquarters in the popular television show Smallville . The building is much taller and larger but still keeps its design at the top; the Daily Planet globe stands on top of the tower. It stood in for the Baxter Building in New York City in 2005's Fantastic Four and its sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer . This building is also the managment centre of one of the 3 largest airline alliance in the world, which is oneworld .


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