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1255 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC


Elan a classy Yaletown high rise
Building Information
Developer Cressey Development
Architect Merrick Architects
Management Company Crosby Property Management
Number of Units 229
Number of Floors 33
Year Built 2008
Construction Method Concrete
Type of Roof PMR
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1255 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit approximately 50
Region Vancouver
Municipality Vancouver
Zoning CD-1
Title of Land Strata



True to the dictionary definition of elan, this building is often described as being stylish and elegant. Merrick Architects made use of angles and distinct design to inspire and to maximize views of False Creek, Spanish Banks and downtown.[1]

Elan is within a few blocks of the area in Vancouver referred to as Yaletown. Over 100 years ago, this area was predominantly used by the Canadian Pacific Railway once the line came to Vancouver. Many residents of Yale which was a major centre for the CPR during the gold rush days, came to Vancouver and worked in the rail industry. The area became known as Yaletown and over the years many industrial buildings and businesses were built mainly supporting the rail-yards.

Eventually this area became run down and abandoned and after Expo 1986 in Vancouver, redevelopment started, with a strong intention from the City of Vancouver to retain history, historical buildings, open spaces, parks, office spaces and overall quality of life. There are now modern businesses, restaurants, loft style housing, mixed-use residential towers, entertainment, historical sites, transportation hubs and recreation all in and around Yaletown.[2]


The Granville Street Bridge off ramp takes traffic one way down Seymour Street. Elan tower is located close to the off ramp, near the corner of Drake Street and Seymour Street, one block from the International Film Festival venue and Emery Barnes Park.

Covenant House, home to hundreds of homeless and lost youth is on the opposite corner of Seymour and Drake Streets. Vancouver has several areas where this kind of integration takes place as redevelopment occurs.

Elan is built where Vancouver's most influential night club, the LUV-A-FAIR stood until 2003.[3]


Cressy Developments is one of Vancouver's most recognized builders known for their quality and standards, enabling their buildings to often carry a longer warranty period than other buildings. There are four floors underground that house 320 parking spots, storage, recycling, and bike storage. This concrete building has a glass and steel facade, modern and functional front and lane access to lobby, and three elevators.

This area was originally residential for the many people that worked for CPR in the 1880s. The area was later occupied by many automotive businesses. The Federal Motor Company showroom was built in 1920 on the corner of Drake and Seymour and the building became known as the Liberty building. As part of the concessions to build Elan, Cressy agreed to restore and preserve the Liberty building which is now home to a Shoppers Drug Mart store.[4]

Layout and Features

Elan conveniently has a walk up street entrance and lane entrance which is also the access to underground parking, storage, bike lockers, garbage and recycling. The meeting room, yoga studio, television and billiards lounge, kitchen, patio and barbecue area are all found on the ground level. The second floor is dedicated to a live in caretaker's suite, a weight and workout room, cardio machines, and steam room.

Layouts are practical with space saving frosted glass pocket doors, wide plank wood floors and floor to ceiling windows to maximize views particularly on the higher floors where water views are abundant.

Floor Plans

Elan has studio, one, two and three bedroom homes. There are also town-homes situated beside the tower with their own addresses.


Amenities at Elan are on the ground level and second floor.

Ground level are:

  • A large conference room
  • Lounge and washroom
  • Billiard table
  • Kitchen and media room
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio area with barbecue

On the second floor:

  • Weight room
  • Cardio room
  • Steam room
  • Caretaker's suite


Elan Bylaws
Rentals Yes
Pets Yes
Age No
Barbecues Yes

There are no restrictions in this building although there may be a limit to the number of pets which is often two.

There is a barbecue area on the ground level on a garden patio accessed through the shared lounge, billiard, kitchen area.


Elan is close to everything including transit with over 50 to choose from.

There are new bike lanes being built in downtown Vancouver and Elan offers bike storage. Car sharing companies are popular in Vancouver and the nearest pick up point is within a couple blocks.

This building participates in a recycling program.[5]


Neon Luv-a-Fair sign
Liberty building
  • Elan was selected from hundreds of entries in the 'You Name This Building' contest prior to construction.[6]

• In building Elan, Cressey Developments agreed to restore and preserve the Liberty Building next door on Seymour Street as part of the City's zoning to preserve heritage buildings. Built in 1920 the Liberty building was home to the Federal Motor Company and later in 1932 Advanx Tire located there. The heritage significance is in its architecture during that time period and being purposefully built for an automotive business.[7]

• The legendary nightclub "Love Affair" was closed and demolished in 2003 to make way for Elan. For thirty years the Luv-A-Fair was Vancouver's most thrilling night club spectacle. It was the place to go, with its reputation for excitement and an alternative music scene.[8]


  1. ElanDigger
  2. Wikipedia-Yaletown
  3. Emporis
  4. Canada's Historic Places
  5. Walk Score Vancouver
  6. Emporis
  7. Canada's Historic Places
  8. Vancouver Sun

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