I’ve always loved this building. It’s part of the Vancouver Maritime Museum and was built in 1966 to house the icebreaker St. Roch. You can just see the top of the mast through the upper window. Unfortunately the ship now requires better climate control for its conservation, and the whole museum may be moved to a new museum in North Vancouver. City Hall, please don’t knock this building down to remove the ship. It’s unnecessary. And please don’t knock the 1958 portion of the museum down either; the city has lost quite enough architecture – and any sense of its own history – already. In the photo at bottom, the white and yellow submersible is a NASA vessel called the Ben Franklin.
UPDATE: Thank you to the Vancouver Archives for the information that this building, and the neighbouring 1958 portion of the museum, were both designed by well-known Vancouver architect CBK Van Norman, who also designed the Burrard Building. (Excellent history of that building is in the Vancouver Heritage Society’s pdf brochure and map of downtown modernism here and also see docomomobc.) I hope the fact that it’s a Van Norman helps to prevent the demolition of the museum, though his Canada Customs Building was demolished in 1993.