Brutalism on Broadway

CVA 800-1964 - [Description in Progress] Al Ingram photo

CVA 800-1964 – [City of Vancouver Archives Description in Progress] Al Ingram photo.

I have mentioned this building elsewhere in VAIW, but was prompted to show it again this morning upon seeing that this image hasn’t been identified by CVA. It is Broadway Centre (1974) at 805 West Broadway, a fine example of Brutalist architecture. Another example of Vancouver brutalism is the MacMillan-Bloedel building (1965) on Georgia Street. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention University Hall at the University of Lethbridge (1971) – see images below – and the current Vancouver Law Courts building (1980). Mac-Blo, University Hall, and Vancouver Law Courts were all designed by Arthur Erickson. U of L and the Law Courts are examples of brutalism turned ‘on its side’, with a predominant horizontal orientation rather than the more typical vertical one.

University of Lethbridge Library Archives Collection. Exterior image of University Hall sraddling the coulees on the west side of Lethbridge, AB:  campusdev-70.

University of Lethbridge Library Archives Collection. Exterior image of University Hall straddling the coulees on the west side of Lethbridge, AB (around the time construction was finished).

University of Lethbridge Library Archives Collection. Interior image of University Hall: 1972_2.

University of Lethbridge Library Archives Collection. Interior image of University Hall.

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One Response to Brutalism on Broadway

  1. Thanks M, the U of L building left a real impression on me back in my school days when it came up in our “history” of Architecture course. And I do like the Broadway Centre building – the board-form concrete must have been an incredible challenge!!

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