These are the 12 best buildings in British Columbia (PHOTOS)

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The profession of architecture has hit the century mark in B.C., and to honour the province’s many beloved structures, the Architecture Foundation of British Columbia has named the best buildings in B.C.

Over 450 nominations were submitted from around the globe, and then a period of online voting helped narrow the lists down to 25 selections in each of four regions (Interior, Vancouver Island, Northern, and Southern).

“From those top 25, a panel of judges met to assess the nominations against the criteria of appearance, sentimental value, historical significance and originality,” explains the AFBC. The judges included local historian Michael Kluckner, journalist Shelley Fralic, and AFBC Chair and award-winning architect David M. Hewitt.

Here are the winners:

Southern Region

Marine Building, Vancouver

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Photo by Sandra Cohen-Rose and Colin Rose/Flickr

Museum of Anthropology, University Endowment Lands

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Photo by Ben Rothnie/Flickr

Hobbit House, West King Edward Avenue, Vancouver

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Photo by David J Laporte/Flickr

Interior Region

Seabird Island School, Agassiz

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Photo by James Dow/Courtesy of Patkau Architects

Fernie Courthouse, Fernie

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Photo by waferboard/Flickr

The Langham Cultural Centre, Kaslo

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Photo via The Langham – Kaslo Cultural Centre/Facebook

Vancouver Island

The Empress Hotel, Victoria

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Photo by palestrina55/Flickr

The Parliament Buildings, Victoria

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Photo by writergal39/Flickr

The Bastion, Nanaimo

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Photo by Keira Morgan/Flickr

Northern Region

Dawson Creek Art Gallery

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Photo by rlpape/Flickr

Rolla Pub, Rolla

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Photo via Rolla Pub./Facebook

North Pacific Cannery, Port Edward

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Photo by Karen Neoh/Flickr

Featured image: Dome at the Parliament, Victoria (Nancy Hann/Flickr)

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