You've heard of Toronto's CN Tower. But have you heard of Edmonton's?
About this creation
The CN Tower stands at 111 metres (364 ft) or 26 storeys tall, and was built and formerly owned by the Canadian National Railway Company. At the time of its construction it was the first skyscraper in Edmonton, and the tallest building in Western Canada. Its reign as Western Canada's tallest building lasted from 1966 to 1971, when it was surpassed by Edmonton House.
The building site was once home to the CNR Edmonton station c. 1905 as well as the 1928 addition. The former was demolished in 1953 and latter gave way to the CN Tower in 1966.
Designed by Abugov & Sunderland, it is now owned by Calgary-based Strategic Group, and the last remaining CN employees moved out of the building in 2008. The CN logo is still found over the main entrance and on the top of the building. 2500 feet of neon tubing were used in the four original logos at the top of the tower.
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 then active Edmonton City Centre Airport (shut down in 2013).
The building suffered structural damage to the exterior on July 18, 2009, during a severe thunderstorm. Two vehicles were crushed by the falling debris at the base of the building.
The original exterior vertical lined white marble facade began to deteriorate in the 1980s. For safety and aesthetic reasons, it was replaced in 1991 with an acrylic material for $2.1 million.
Prior to construction, CN threatened to cut the building's size by 13 floors if the City of Edmonton didn't agree to lease three floors. CN had intended to construct a CN Tower II tower of 42 floors in 1969.
Well I hope you enjoyed another example of Edmonton's modernist architecture. Sources for the above text are https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CN_Tower_(Edmonton) and https://www.emporis.com/buildings/112760/cn-tower-edmonton-canada