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City Square Shopping Centre
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates 49°15′39″N 123°06′59″W / 49.26087°N 123.11635°W / 49.26087; -123.11635
Opening date 1989
Architect Paul Merrick Architects
No. of stores and services 45
No. of anchor tenants 4 (3 open, 1 vacant)
No. of floors 2
Parking 3 levels of underground parking
Model School - inside
1905 Model School building
Normal School - inside mall
1908 Normal School building

City Square Shopping Centre is a mall across the street from City Hall in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located in the heart of the heritage district of central Vancouver, on the northwest corner of 12th Avenue and Cambie Street.

City Square Shopping Mall and office complex was inaugurated in 1989 and is an example of adaptive reuse of heritage buildings.


Unique to Vancouver, City Square's shopping mall and office complex is a mix of modern and heritage architecture. The heritage portions of the complex were built in 1905 and 1908 to house the Model School and Normal School, respectively. Graduates from the Teacher's Training Program applied their skills, norms (hence the name "Normal School") and educational theories at the Normal School to gain practical experience. In 1986 the City of Vancouver designated both school buildings as municipal heritage sites, saving them from demolition.

City Square today

On the retail level, the shopping mall offers over 50 shops and professional services, including medical and dental offices, and a food court.

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