Columbia Centre

Mid-century modern buildings

On the north side of West Hastings Street’s 1100 block, downtown, just past the Guinness Tower, sit three mid-century buildings constructed in the 1960s-70s by developer R.C. “Dick” Baxter.

Known at the time as Columbia Centre, Baxter’s business complex boasted restaurants, offices, a hotel and was once located on prime waterfront property until Coal Harbour’s shoreline was built up with infill and condo development in the 1990s.

From East to West, these magnificent modernist buildings are the Baxter Building (1111 W. Hastings St.) now known as the Rescan Building, designed by Allan Waisman, c.1965; the Harbour Side Holiday Inn (1133 W. Hastings St.) complete with a revolving rooftop restaurant (since decommissioned), now called the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront, c. 1974; and the Board of Trade Tower (1177 W. Hastings St.), designed again for Dick Baxter by Allan Waisman, c.1968.

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