Does anything say ‘brutalism’ better than the Vancouver Masonic Centre on West 8th just off Granville?  It gets a bad rap in part because the only part really visible is the back, as seen from West 7th:

The front is in the modified Vancouver brutalist style of the 70s: disguised to the point of invisibility with landscaping.  (Wouldn’t you love to have read the architect’s rationale for this building in 1974 by Underwood McKinley Cameron Wilson & Smith?)

These buildings do present a dilemma for preservationists: they’re so hard to love even though they very much represent the style and ideology of the times.  The centre actually has a C heritage rating.*

Take a last look, though – it’s coming down, to be replaced by a four-storey masonic hall and an 18-storey secured rental tower, designed by SHAPE Architecture. 


*It’s a serious question: what brutalist building should we preserve to have a record of those times?  Nominate your favoured one in Comments.