Vancouver in Early March – Part 8 – a Landmark No More

The 42 story Empire Landmark (also known as the Sheraton Landmark, at one time) was the tallest building in Vancouver, between its completion in 1973 and the completion of the Bental Center in 1974. It was located at 1400 Robson Street in Vancouver’s West End.

Due to economic pressures, it closed on September 30, 2017, just a few days after our last stay there (nope, it wasn’t our fault). Demolition has been ongoing since March 2018. Now almost complete, we saw little evidence of the hotel on our March 2020 visit.

Even, as it disappeared, it still holds the tallest building record, but now it is the tallest building ever demolished in Canada at 120.1 meters or 394 feet (the previous was the old Toronto Star building 88 meters or 289 feet).


We stayed in the hotel twice, once for our son and daughter’s wedding in 2016 and then with our English friends R & J in 2017. We often used it for locating our position as we were hiking and even though it is now gone, we still look for it.

A Landmark No More

A landmark no more

this once grand old lady

is now a real hole.

Taken during the July 2016 wedding.
Taken before our September 2017 stay
Taken in Feb 2018 as demolition was starting
Reflection in February 2018 as demolition starts
sunset silhouette in May 2018
Hauling away the last of the debris in March 2020
The hole. We could actually see the parkade markings where we parked our car in 2017, on the wall

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