Acton Ostry Architects

Located in the historic Victory Square district of Vancouver, the Flack Block is a heritage landmark designed in the Romanesque Revival style that underwent a full restoration of the rough-dressed Indiana gray limestone cladding, columns, cornice, arched windows and the recreation of a stunning, intricately carved entry archway that was reproduced from old photographs. More than 36 tonnes of handcarved stone were used to create the reinstated entry archway. A new steel and glass penthouse was added atop the building and extensive seismic and building system upgrades were performed. An open steel elevator shaft and wraparound stair were refurbished, as were the exposed brick interior walls and laminated timber floors.


Flack Block


Vancouver, BC


The Salient Group




1,300 m2


Indiana gray limestone exterior


LEED Gold certified

awards & recognition

Heritage BC Outstanding Achievement Award

City of Vancouver Heritage Honour Award


Flack Block view from Victory Square

The restoration of the Flack Block has been transformed, once again giving it prominence worthy of its location across from Victory Square. The Flack Block will be a Vancouver landmark for many years to come.

Heritage BC


limestone cladding restoration


reinstated entry archway


archway detail


lobby entrance


historic Flack Block c. 1920s


completed restoration with new penthouse addition


open steel elevator shaft


exposed brick walls and timber laminated floor


penthouse addition interior


penthouse addition terrace

The Vancouver Heritage Commission wishes to recognize and honour the Flack Block for the careful restoration of the exterior stonework, and the exemplary re-creation of the arch stone entry, physically and symbolically restoring the prominence of the corner across from Victory Square

City of Vancouver Heritage Award