AN EXchange OF OLD AND NEW.
Where the past greets the future.
The Old Stock EXchange Building, first opened in 1929, made striking use of a variety of materials and was an eclectic approach to architecture common in the Edwardian era. The original structure was conceived by Townley, Matheson & Partners (1919-1974), a major Vancouver architectural firm throughout most of the 20th century. The partnership created over 1100 designs, most notably Vancouver City Hall and The Vancouver Stock EXchange. The building is listed on the Vancouver Heritage Register in the A Category for “its contribution to the development of downtown Vancouver, its architectural expression, the role of its prominent designers and its representation of the business community in the city.”
The Stock EXchange Building, also known as the Crown Trust Building, opened in 1929. Its Gothic exterior was echoed in a barrel vault lobby, featuring heraldry and other symbols of medieval England. A clear example of an evolution in hospitality, this original lobby opening onto Howe Street has now been converted to the new EXchange Hotel lobby.
The original building inspired a bold solution to engineering, economic and environmental challenges in the construction of the new EXchange Tower and EXchange Hotel, quickly becoming Vancouver's largest and most exciting heritage restoration project to date.
The new EXchange Hotel has retained the shell of the Old Stock EXchange building, including many notable features from its days as a traditional ‘open-outcry’ trading floor.
The new design conserves the best of the old structure while bringing standards of sustainability, energy conservation, guest experience interactions and business/leisure efficiencies that reflect the 21st century. Marvel at the site of a new iconic glass tower with its unique "pinstripe" design soaring 350 feet skywards through the middle of the original historic Stock EXchange Building facade.