Vancouver City Hall

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Neighbourhood: East Vancouver
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  • Broadway–City Hall • 3 min walk
  • Olympic Village • 8 min walk
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada11,918 contributions
Sleek . . . Like a Herman Miller Chair
Nov. 2020
From an architectural standpoint, Vancouver City Hall is a lovely example of art deco. Made primarily of granite and concrete, the building displays a soft sheen as it sits upon its hill. The interior is equally impressive. Highlighting Vancouver’s connection with its natural environment, the woodwork takes center stage. You can tell that this monolith, opened in 1936, was built to impress. It is, after all, the seat of Vancouver’s power. Speaking of which, you’ll enjoy the Council Chambers, which are located on the third floor. The simple woodwork, framed by art deco-style light fixtures gives the impression of serious, contemplative thought . . . on Herman Miller Chairs.

There are currently some renovations going on at City Hall – apparently to help erase some “culturally inappropriate” settings. I don’t know about that. Being postcolonial is great and all, but Vancouver rests on the unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Reconciliation means more than just removing a few old pictures and modifying the look of a room.

Now, if only Vancouver would see fit to put a few Herman Miller chairs outside so that we might observe and appreciate City Hall in sheer ergonomic bliss.
Written 21 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mabinho
Seville, Spain1,528 contributions
Clocktower and gardens
Aug. 2019
Situated up on a hill looking back down town, City Hall is a stylish piece of 1930s architecture, surrounded by pleasant gardens.
Written 7 October 2019
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mabrondani
Vancouver, Canada1,003 contributions
Well located and with tours
Nov. 2017 • Family
This iconic building is located along 12th Av, close to the Canada Line sky train (from the airport). It has amenities close by and an inside tour is a must. It has historical portraits of Vancouver from the old days, and you may even meet the premier!
Written 5 January 2018
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damiand10
219 contributions
A beautiful visit
Jul. 2017 • Solo
The gardens are in full bloom on the front lawn of City Hall. It's a pleasant visit with shopping and restaurants nearby. Enjoy!
Written 16 July 2017
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ10,951 contributions
Art Deco Gem
Nov. 2016 • Couples
I consider this sleek Art Deco high rise, which opened in 1936, to be a worthwhile stop for architecture buffs. Constructed of reinforced concrete and clad with granite and sandstone, the building displays simple, clean lines. It stands out because of its hillside location in an area of much lower structures. On frequent visits to Vancouver, I often admired the city hall's exterior but never was nearby when it is open (Monday through Friday) to see the interior.

On my recent Vancouver stay, I made it a point to finally go inside, and what a treat awaited. The ornate lobby shows off fine craftsmanship and rich materials, especially in the use of marble and wood. I really liked the beautiful inlaid wood design in the elevators and it was in one of the elevators that an employee suggested that I visit the third floor. There I found wood-paneled walls, the mayor's office and photographs of an earlier-era Vancouver on the walls. Other displays include the City of Vancouver mace, received as a gift from the City of London to mark Vancouver's 50th birthday. On this floor, the rich woodwork continues in the city council chamber, which was locked when I was there. But I enjoyed looking through the glass door at the beautiful space, complete with Art Deco lighting fixtures.

We entered the building on the south side and exited on the north, where an 8-foot-high statue of Captain George Vancouver, after whom the city is named, stands. I captured my favorite exterior picture of the building here with the statue in the foreground. Steps lead down from the statue to park-like grounds with benches and towering trees. The City Hall Community Garden is in this area, but the various plots looked a bit scraggly in November.

Vancouver City Hall is about a 2-minute walk uphill from the Sky Train's Broadway City Hall station.
Written 8 November 2016
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MerelyATourist
935 contributions
Impressive Art Deco exterior
Aug. 2016 • Couples
There are a number of interesting Art Deco buildings in Vancouver, so many in fact that you could take a entire day just visiting them all (without even necessarily going inside any). Vancouver City Hall is perhaps one of the most impressive after the Marine Building. The building's exterior details are a perfect example of what I would call "government" art-deco; understated but serious.

My visit was on a Sunday when it was closed, so I don't know if the interior is as impressive as the exterior. Apparently, small guided tours are occasionally given.
Written 13 September 2016
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,059 contributions
Seen from Lookout
Aug. 2016 • Friends
This is lit up well at night time and can be seen clearly from the Vancouver Lookout, unfortunately didn't get a chance to visit this as it is a bus trip away from downtown - don't attempt to walk there.
Written 20 August 2016
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Bumblebarb
Seattle, WA85 contributions
Great Art Deco architecture and a gorgeous park if you want to get out of downtown
May 2016
The building itself could star in a retro Batman movie - tall and out in a part of town where everything else is low. There's quite a large, perfectly manicured park on the back side of the building - if you want some quiet time in a pretty location - this is it (and there's a SkyTrain stop (actually a subway in this area) about a block away.)
Written 18 June 2016
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Kevin D
Maple Ridge, Canada1,537 contributions
An older historic site
Jun. 2016 • Couples
This concrete monolith has some interesting history, with a nice, well kept garden. Aside from paying property taxes after hours and passing the structure a lot I don't venture into the building. There is some question whether the statue of Captain George Vancouver is in fact him. I like the gardens the a few of the monuments around it but seeing it at night is nice. One can see it from Yaletown as it rises up the hill. Being on 12th Avenue it is convenient to get to and regularly passed from many directions.
Written 9 June 2016
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sashakeena
Vancouver, Canada11,222 contributions
Unsure !
May 2016 • Solo
This is the structure that houses the business for the city, seems like a nice venue, however unsure why it is part of Tripadvisor reviewing?
Written 21 May 2016
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