What started as a vision is now turning into something tangible and people across Edmonton are taking notice.
“It just worked out perfectly,” explained photographer Jeff Wallace, who last week took a photo of the changing downtown skyline.
The image shows the Ice District towers at the height of many current buildings in downtown.
Construction is at a tipping point where soon two buildings will rise much higher than anything that’s been built before in the capital.
“People were quite amazed at how the towers in the Ice District are starting to rise taller and taller,” said Wallace, describing the reaction after sharing his image on several forums. He said people have commented the buildings “really start to have a presence and weight in the downtown core.”
The reaction appears to be universal when it comes to the city’s changing postcard image.
For years, Manulife Place held the top tower crown, standing at 146 metres tall. The JW Marriott tower will be just over 190 metres; the Stantec Tower will be 250 metres.
“It has a metro feel to it now,” said Leona Badger, who is glad to see some holes in the skyline filled.
Currently, the JW Marriott project is taller than Stantec.
The question on the minds of many is: has JW surpassed Manulife in height? Global News has learned it’s close, but not yet. A social media post may offer a clue:
“It seems like we have come of age,” Wallace said.
After the Ice District towers are topped off, he plans to come back to his unique vantage point to capture the new view.
“It may not be as material and important now,” he mused. “But I think when people look at it 20, 30, even 50 years from now, it’ll be interesting as we photograph and mark these milestones.”