Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, Canada

Bregman + Hamann Architects
Date Built
Opened October 6, 1965
5200 Robinson Street
The Skylon is an observation tower that stands on high ground beside the Niagara River and offers visitors spectacular views of the Horseshoe and American Falls, as well as views across the river to Niagara Falls, New York.  Built at a cost of approximately $7million, the tower stands 520 meters tall to the top of its antenna.  Over the years it has had a number of owners, including the Niagara International Centre, financed by the Hershey Chocolate Company, and later Canadian Pacific Hotels.

Visitor to the tower access its viewing level by riding in one of its three "bug-like" elevators.  The trip takes 52 seconds.  At the top are two restaurants including one which rotates making a complete revolution every hour.  The podium building offers a shopping centre, amusement arcade and a 3D/4D movie theatre.

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