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Whalen Building

34 Cumberland Street North
Constructed: 1913
Architects: Brown & Vallance

This eight-storey structure, sometimes known as the Public Utilities Building, was the first "Skyscraper" to be built in Port Arthur. It uses reinforced concrete in its construction - a novel building method at the time. Perhaps the most striking feature of this building is the numerous carved ornaments in the terra cotta panels covering the exterior. These include carved human heads, animals, and floral ornamentation. Some alterations have taken place, including the replacement of the original windows and doors on the ground floor with more modern ones. The building now serves as the location of the offices of Thunder Bay Hydro and Community Economic Development Commission.

Whalen Building

 

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