Later, at the Hotel Vancouver, a civic reception was held and a replica of the bridge - made totally out of sugar - was unveiled. (My teeth hurt just thinking about it!)
According to G.L. Thornton Sharp - the architect who designed the concrete version - the gallery and the concrete structures hide a network of steel.
The two figureheads are there to represent Captain George Vancouver and Captain Harry Burrard - two seamen who are closely associated with the history of Vancouver. (Interesting note. Burrard apparently never came with 5,000 kilometres of this area. He was an old friend of Vancouver's and had been Vancouver's acting lieutenant on the Europa in the West Indies. George was honoring a friend.)
Design started on this bridge - A Symphony of Steel and Concrete according to one 1932 headline - in 1930 and was opened in 1932. Work on it was done by consulting engineer J.R. Grant, architects Sharp & Thompson, contractors Hodgson, King & Marble and Dawson & Wade Co. The steel was provided by the Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd. and the Western Bridge Co. Ltd.
The building itself is a wonder. For the first time in armoury design reinforced concrete technology was used for all major exterior walls and finishes. Due to Vancouver’s susceptibility to earthquakes steel trusses were used in the roof.
The detail shown throughout the exterior shows not only a high level of craftmanship but also the pride felt for the Seaforth Highlanders. A pride still felt today. 2010 was the regiment's centenary and events were apparently held to mark the occasion.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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