Edith Adam’s Wartime Cook Book 1943 – Vancouver Sun Tower

Edith Adam’s Wartime Cook Book 1943 – Vancouver Sun Tower
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The World Building/Sun Tower (1912), pictured on the cover of the Vancouver Sun’s 1943 Edith Adam’s Wartime Cook Book

Standing tall at 270 feet (82.3-metres), the World Building (later renamed The Sun Tower) was commissioned by L. D. Taylor to house his newspaper, The Vancouver World. The intention was that the building would be visible throughout the World’s circulation area as the tallest building in the city.

Originally known as the World Building (later renamed The Sun Tower) this is one of the key heritage landmarks of early Vancouver. The epitome of style at the time, it displays a wonderful sense of time and place, with its sculpted ‘nine maidens’ and its wonderful tower and dome. Vancouver’s skyline would not be the same without it. Designed by architect W. T. Whiteway in the Beaux-Arts style, it’s original cost was 5,000 when construction begun late October 1910.

When it was completed in 1912, it was the tallest building in the British Empire , standing trail at 82.3 m (270 ft), surpassing the previous record-holder, the 1910 Dominion Building located just around the corner. For two years, it was the tallest building in Canada until Toronto’s 20-story Optima Business Centre opened in 1914.

When The Vancouver Sun bought the building in 1937, it was renamed. Although The Sun newspaper has long since relocated, first to South Granville then to Granville Square, the building has retained the name.

Edith Adams

The Vancouver Sun’s Edith Adams was a much-loved institution for nearly three quarters of a century. Although Edith Adams was in fact a fictional persona created by The Sun, her contributions to Vancouver’s kitchens and households were real. Women flocked to the Edith Adams Cottage for advice and avidly collected her cookbooks, which were compiled of readers’ prize-winning recipes.

From 1947, Edith Adams even had her own ‘cottage’ adjacent to the newspaper’s building, where Vancouver residents would flock to see Marianne Linnell as ‘Edith’ demonstrate recipes.

The cover of Edith Adam’s Wartime Cook Book from 1943, was the 9th annual issue of the cookbook from the Vancouver Sun. The cover art is by Fraser Wilson, who drew comics for the Vancouver Sun and the Daily Province until 1947.

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