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Aliant Tower

Corner of Botsford St. and Queen St., Moncton , New Brunswick, E1C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/02/20

NBTel Tower in progress - 1970; Moncton Times & Transcript
NBTel Tower
Concrete rigging for the construction of the NBTel Tower (now Aliant Tower); Moncton Museum
Form rigging for NBTel Tower, 1971
The Aliant Tower rises 127m above street level, 46m higher than Place L'Assomption, the tallest office building in the New Brunswick.; Moncton Museum
Aliant Tower

Other Name(s)

Aliant Tower
Talking Tower
NBTel Tower
Tour NBTel

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1970/01/01 to 1971/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/05/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Aliant Tower consists of is a 127 metre high microwave tower of reinforced concrete on a concrete base located on the southwest corner of Botsford Street and Queen Street in Downtown Moncton.

Heritage Value

Aliant Tower is designated a Local Historic Place for its unique physical properties, its economical and technological growth and its location.

At the time of its construction, Aliant Tower was the tallest microwave communications tower of its kind in North America. It remains the tallest structure in Moncton, dwarfing the neighbouring Place L’Assomption, the tallest office building in the Province, by 46 metres. The tower was erected in a regional record 16 days of continuous concrete pouring, rising at a rate of 6.7m per day. It was designed by John Maryon International Limited of Toronto and built by Dineen Construction Limited of Toronto. By being such a prominent detail of Moncton’s skyline, the Aliant Tower is a featured element in much of the city’s promotional and marketing imagery.

Aliant Tower is also recognized for its importance as a symbol of economical and technological growth in Moncton’s history. In choosing Moncton as the location for this innovative tower, NBTel claimed to be predicting where the growth of the Province as a whole would take place.

The tower’s placement at the corner of Botsford Street and Queen Street is also significant. The tower sits on the site of Moncton’s first telephone exchange, which was started in 1883 by George C. Peters with five subscribers.

Source: Moncton Museum, Moncton, New Brunswick - second floor files – “Botsford @ Queen – Aliant Tower”

Character-Defining Elements

The character-defining elements relating to the structural elements of the building include:
- concrete resulting from a cointinuous pour;
- relative height of the structure.

The character-defining elements relating to the grounds and context of the Aliant Tower include:
- central location in Downtown Moncton;
- distinction as a recognizable landmark;
- site of Moncton’s first telephone exchange.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

New Brunswick

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (NB)

Recognition Statute

Community Planning Act

Recognition Type

Local Register

Recognition Date

2006/02/20

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Industry
Communications Facility

Architect / Designer

John Maryon International Limited

Builder

Dineen Construction Limited

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Moncton Museum, 20 Mountain Road, historic place file, "Aliant Tower"

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

725

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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