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CN Tower
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General information
Status Complete
Type Office
Architectural style International Style
Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Address 10004 104 Avenue NW
Coordinates 53°32′49″N 113°29′29″W / 53.54694°N 113.49139°W / 53.54694; -113.49139
Construction started 1964
Completed 1966
Opening 14 February 1966
Cost CA$10.5 million
($78.2 million in 2017 dollars2017)
Owner Strategic Group
Height
Roof 110.92 m (363.9 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 26
Floor area 254,000 square feet
Design and construction
Architect Abugov & Sunderland
Main contractor Hashman Construction Ltd.

The CN Tower is an 111-metre-tall (364 ft), 26-storey office tower located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The tower was built by the Canadian National Railway Company as Edmonton's first skyscraper, and at its completion in 1966 was the tallest building in Western Canada. The CN Tower would remain Edmonton's and Western Canada's tallest building until 1971 when it was surpassed by Edmonton House.

History

The building site was originally to the CNR Edmonton station which was constructed in 1905, and subsequently expanded in 1928. The CNR Station was demolished in 1953 and the area in which the expansion was constructed would become the spot the CN Tower would be constructed on in 1966.

CNR train station Edmonton PC006360.2 (cropped)
Former railway station that was demolished to make way for the tower

Plans for the tower would be announced in 1963, with construction started in fall of 1964. Allied Development Corporation of Calgary would hire Abugov & Sunderland to design, and Hashman Construction Company to build the CA$10.5-million CN Tower, which was Western Canada's tallest office tower when completed in October 1966. The opening ceremonies for the tower were attended by Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Grant MacEwan and Premier Ernest Manning.

The CN Tower exemplified the modern International Style of architecture and is an early example of the tower-podium design. The CN Tower was purchased by the Calgary-based Strategic Group as part of a distress sale, and the last remaining Canadian National Railway employees moved out of the building in 2008. The Canadian National Railway logo is still found over the main entrance and on the top of the building. Canadian National sought to develop a second tower in Edmonton as part of a larger downtown redevelopment program, which would have been 150.14 metres (492.6 ft), 42-storey office tower in 1969, however the project was subsequently cancelled.

Built to overlook the old Canadian National rail yard, the building's basement once housed Edmonton's main passenger railway station, until the Canadian National railway tracks leading to Downtown Edmonton were removed in 1998. Since then, passenger trains serving Edmonton have stopped at the Edmonton railway station situated near the former Edmonton City Centre Airport which ceased operations in 2013.

The building suffered structural damage to the exterior on 18 July 2009, during a severe thunderstorm. Two vehicles were crushed by falling debris at the base of the building.

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