Lonely Planet review for Marine Building
Vancouver's most romantic old-school tower block and also its best art deco building, the graceful, 22-story Marine Building is a tribute to the city's maritime past. Check out the elaborate exterior of seahorses, lobsters and streamlined ships, then nip into the lobby where it's like a walk-through artwork. Stained-glass panels and a polished floor inlaid with signs of the zodiac await; you should also peruse the inlaid wood interiors of the brass-doored elevators. The tallest building in the British Empire when completed in 1930, it now houses offices. If you're a fan of art deco, the elegant City Hall building is worth a visit.