Thursday, 2 February 2012

Haunts Of Vancouver: The Dominion Building

Urban legend has it that the architect of the Dominion Building, John Helyer, died at the opening party of this heritage building.  Built in 1909, this 14-storey building was the first steel framed high rise to be built in Vancouver. It was also the tallest.  It is located at the corner of Cambie and Hastings, bordering on Downtown Eastside, Gastown and Chinatown.
Ever since that opening night party over 100 years ago, rumor has it that John Helyer's ghost can be seen on the staircase between the seventh and eighth floors.  Even creepier is that many have reported hearing his footsteps in the stairway.  It has never been clear how he came to tumble down the stairs. Did he fall, did he jump or was he pushed.  Only the ghosts of the Dominion Building really know.


  1. Wow a mansard roof on a 14 story building. Love the light in this shot. Thank you for including the history, fun, fun, fun.

  2. ohhh ghostly posts really appeal to me! i was in vancouver as a teen, not sure if i saw this building or not...welcome to cdp!

  3. Welcome to the CDP blog community! I hope you'll enjoy the ride! Glad to see your photos from V!
    Kind regards from EAGAN daily photo in Minnesota, USA

  4. Love the glow effect the sun has on this building. Nice contrast to the shadowyness of the street. Hailing here from Maple Ridge.