This 12-storey office building at 1090 West Pender was built in 1970 – and, like so many of its era, it’s coming down.
The off-white applied masonry, with a stamped repetitive pattern, gives it a more solid appearance than most of its glassy contemporaries, a style popularized by American architect Edward Durell Stone (stone by Stone?). It was perhaps the modernist version of the terra-cotta facades popular in the 1920s (see the Marine Building or Hudson’s Bay store) which tried to maintain the illusion of craft in a time without affordable craft.
Its successor will have no such illusion:
Designed by Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, the architects who have done most of the work for Bentall Kennedy, it will continue the growth of the landmark Bentall Centre. Read more »