Imperial Oil building with Causeway tower and beacon courtesy of British Columbia Archives F-06337
riginally designed as a service station for the Imperial Oil Company, the eighty-foot tower stands as a symbol of optimism that the Lowe Proposal would be approved. The model for the Causeway Tower and Beacon was the 2,000,000,000 candlepower Lindbergh Beacon that topped the Palmolive Building in Chicago. The 10,000,000 arc lamp atop the tower was to mark anticipated night airmail routes. In 1930 the lamp was dedicated by its inventor, Elmer A. Sperry. The building and its tower currently serve as Tourism Victoria’s Information Centre.
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