The Skylon Tower, in Niagara Falls, Ontario, is the tallest structure that overlooks both the American Falls, New York and the Horseshoe Falls, Ontario from the Canadian side of the Niagara River. Construction of the Skylon began in May 1964 and was officially opened October 6, 1965 by New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller and Ontario Premier John Robarts. The Skylon Tower is Niagara's most famous landmark due to its view of both the American Falls and Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Costing $7 million at the time of its construction, the Skylon Tower was owned by a private partnership called Niagara International Centre, which was financed by the The Hershey Company shareholdings of Charles Richard Reese, former co-owner of the H. B. Reese Candy Company of Hershey, PA, manufacturer of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and exclusive manufacturer of Kit Kat candy bars in the United States. Canadian Pacific Hotels was hired to operate the tower restaurants and lounges. On October 1st, 1975 CP purchased the tower from Mr. Reese and his partners for $11 million cash. The tower's summit features a verdigris-green copper roof similar to CP's other properties, including the Château Frontenac in Quebec City and the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. CP owned and operated the tower until 1986, when it was sold for $18 million cash to two local Niagara hotel owners, John Gruyich of Michael's Inn and George Yerich of the Holiday Inn. In 1988 George Yerich bought out John Gruyich's ownership share of the Skylon for $13 million cash, however Milicent Gruyich continues to own the land underneath the Skylon. Mr. Yerich's Skylon land lease will expire in 2064, at which time the Skylon Tower will revert back to total ownership by the heirs of Milicent Gruyich.
Standing at 160 metres (520 feet) from street level and 236 metres (775 feet) from the bottom of the falls, the tower required approval from both Canadian and United States air transport authorities due to its proximity to the international boundary. It was the second tower to be built using the slipform method, in which concrete is continually poured into a form moving slowly up the tower. The same methods would soon be used to build the Inco Superstack in Sudbury, and the CN Tower in Toronto.
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ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-06-20 3:15
Güzel bir şehir manzarası, temiz bir çalışma. Renkler, ışık ve kompozisyon harika. Ellerine sağlık...
Mondaychild (378) 2007-06-20 3:18
of course I know the Niagara Falls - but amazingly I´ve never heard of this building! Your view is very successful - although the greenery makes the tower not look that high. But the different shades of Blue and Green are wonderful, as well as the sharpness of this photo.
robertosalguero (246) 2007-06-20 3:36
CT this is an awesome view of the Skylon Tower. I never saw it from this spot; I guess I was too lazy to walk this far! Lovely view of the water and architecture. The colours, clarity and sharpness of the image are very nice. THanks CT.
pablominto (53744) 2007-06-20 3:46
A well composed presentation!
Tall structures are about the worst I know to photograph, you however do very well here...
Wise to include some elements in the ground, including the river!
ahmetgedikli (25546) 2007-06-20 13:44
Bakış açın, renkler, netlik şahane... Kule bizim Atakule'yi andırıyor.
Eline sağlık, selamlar.
atus (15838) 2007-06-21 4:23
very well captured and nicely framed shot in a well chosen vertical format. The different layers, starting from the branches in the fg., are very nice and the colours are well saturated.
Well done, my friend and have a nice day!
izler (8) 2007-06-24 15:55
geziden oldukca basarili kareler ile donmussun
hos bir sehir hayati ve etkileyici mimari yapilari iceren calisma sunmussun
kompozisyonu, bakis acisini, renkleri, detaylari ve ogretici bilgi notunu begendim
plimrn (21344) 2007-11-24 12:15
I particularly like the way you framed the shot with that sweep of cloud projecting fronm the tower like a lighthouse light and the heavy chop in the river, this must be below the falls.
- Copyright: Chris Tolga Pehlivan (turkamerikali) (3291)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-05-21
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS350D/Digital Rebel XT, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 58mm CIR-POLARIZING
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Canada Pix by CT [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-06-20 2:52
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