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WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 2010

Tree on Top of Building in Vancouver's West End

Vancouver has many interesting and architecturally stunning buildings, however, one of the most eye catching abodes in the West End has something a little different, a 37 foot Pin Oak tree which rises 200 feet above the ground and is visible from First Beach, along the Seawall and the opposite shoreline of Kitsilano. Its history and meaning offers a glimpse into Vancouver's natural history and a reminder of what the West End was like over 150 years ago.

The Pin Oak atop Eugenia Place in Autumn from First Beach in Vancouver's West End, British ColumbiaDowntown Vancouver's West End is a popular location with visitors and locals flocking to the area throughout the year to walk the Seawall, enjoy the beach and the view or to watch the sunset - the skyline is also equally interesting, with one very interesting element - the tree which is planted 19 floors above the ground in an apartment building on Beach Avenue.

This tree has been a curiosity for many people living or visiting Vancouver as it is one of the most visible landmarks in the area and can be seen in many paintings and photos from the last twenty years. The Eugenia in Spring with new buds appearing on the large tree that sits high above Vancouver's West End neighbourhood in British ColumbiaThe building, named the Eugenia Place, is located at 1919 Beach Avenue (map) and was built by Henriquez Partners Architects.

The tree itself is a decidious Pin Oak and was planted as a tribute to The Pin Oak atop Eugenia Place (this is winter) can be seen distinctly along the West End's skyline in Vancouver, British Columbiathe natural history of the region which was once an old-growth forest rising 250 feet off theTree atop Eugenia Place in the summer in Vancouver's West End
neighbourhood, British Columbia ground - the same height the Oak tree sits atop the Eugenia today. The change of the seasons brings a different experience: In winter it is bare, while spring sees new buds and leaves uncurl, summer sees it full of leaves and in autumn it turns shades of orange, red and yellow and loses its leaves one by one.

This beautiful Oak tree atop its 200 foot building is intriguing and its story, equally fascinating. Next time you see it as you walk along the city's western edge you'll know all about this interesting Vancouver locale.






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