Vancouver Icons: SFU Burnaby

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Simon Fraser University opened its doors to students for the very first time 47 years ago this week, on September 9th, 1965.

The official opening was presided over by Lord Lovat, whose name was Simon Fraser, and who was the 24th head of the Fraser clan. He told an audience of 5,000 about the Fraser family crest, which had been adapted and adopted by the university. “There are strawberries all over our crest because the name Fraser came originally from ‘la fraise,’ French for strawberry. Our ancestors came to Scotland by way of Normandy and England.” Simon’s second great-grandson, Donald Fraser of Fargo, North Dakota, beamed proudly from the audience. [Source: VancouverHistory]

The campus atop Burnaby Mountain was designed by Arthur Erickson and Geoffrey Massey, and from Terry Fox Field ato Convocation Mall and the Academic Quadrangle, it’s one of the region’s most-photographed learning centres making it this week’s Vancouver Icon feature.

SFU Courtyard Panorama
Photo credit: Jiang Long on Flickr

Path Beyond SFU - Inuit SFU3
Photo credit: Jiang Long & SqueakyMarmot & SqueakyMarmot on Flickr

SFU Campus @ Burnaby SFU Campus @ Burnaby
Photo credit: *_* & *_* on Flickr

SFU Campus @ Burnaby SFU Campus @ Burnaby
Photo credit: *_* & *_* on Flickr

Photo credit: Pat Z on Flickr

Photo credit: SqueakyMarmot on Flickr

Photo credit: bkang83 on Flickr

Girl on Stairs
Photo credit: Jason Gallant on Flickr

SFU Tour

Fall 2010 SFU-8034
Photo credit: zoomzoom7419 on Flickr

SFU Tour

Burnaby Mountain with Vancouver Skyline in the Distance
Photo credit: keepitsurreal on Flickr

Other Vancouver Icons posts include: Commodore Lanes, Siwash Rock, Kitsilano Pool, White Rock Pier, Main Post Office, Planetarium Building, Lord Stanley Statue, Vancouver Library Central Branch, Victory Square, Digital Orca, The Crab Sculpture, Girl in Wetsuit, The Sun Tower, The Hotel Vancouver, The Gassy Jack Statue, The Marine Building, and The Angel of Victory. Should you have a suggestion for the Vancouver Icons series please feel free to leave a note in the comments. It should be a thing, statue, or place that is very visible and recognizable to the public.

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