A quintessential icon of the Toronto skyline, the CN Tower is not only a marker of this great city but also an example of the dizzying heights to which Canadian engineering has soared. To understand the magnitude of the CN Tower and what it represents, it is important to understand the history of its conception and final construction in 1976. Below you will find a brief history of the CN Tower and the people behind the building of it.
Who Was Responsible for the Design of the CN Tower?
Australian born John Hamilton Andrews was the architect behind the design of the CN Tower. After studying at the University of Sydney Andrews came to the US and entered a design competition in Toronto, prompting his move to that city. He established his own architectural firm there and this was the team that eventually became involved in the design of the CN Tower. Along with Roger du Toit, Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden Partnership and the structural engineer R.R. Nicolet, the concept of the CN Tower came together and were planned for construction.
What Was the Tower Built For?
The original purpose of the tower was that it would be constructed to provide a large TV and communication platform to serve the entire city. With steel and concrete structures being built at an unprecedented rate around the city, broadcasters were finding it increasingly difficult to be able to maintain a good signal.
But whilst the tower has continued to provide broadcasting facilities since its original construction, this use has been overshadowed by the great tourist appeal of the tower. Since the introduction of the Edge Walk in 2011 and its multitude of restaurants and entertainment facilities, the tower is now widely considered the “must see” attraction of Toronto.
Where Did the Name CN Tower Come From?
The tower is so named as it was the pension funds of the Canadian National (CN) Railway.
The World’s Tallest Tower is indeed awesome to watch. Until It Wasn’t
Up until the erection of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the CN Tower dominated skylines across the world and was considered to be the tallest free-standing structure in the world from 1976 until 2007, standing at 553m in height.
Despite having lost the title of the world’s tallest building, the CN Tower continues to hold rank as the world’s tallest tower and still draws over 1.5 million visitors per year to its doors; to take the ride to the top of the tower and eat at the still remains the world’s highest revolving restaurant.
The futuristic tendencies of the tower’s design and its ongoing role in Toronto’s economy and telecommunications make it a fascinating piece of architecture. Pin-pointed as one of the 7 wonders of the modern world by the American Society of Engineers it will remain one of the most important design concepts of the 20th century. If you are planning your vacations in Canada then do not forget to visit this beautiful CN tower which is most loved tower of Canadians.