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1866 Main Mall V6T 1Z1

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Buchanan Building  


  • number in circle: indicates entrance notes (below)
  • large arrow: principal entrance
  • small arrow: secondary entrance
  • solid shaft: accessible entrance
  • striped shaft: inaccssible entrance
  • yellow arrowhead: power door
  • blue arrowhead: manual door
Bus Stop Bus Stop
Parkade Parkade
Parkade Food
Under Construction Under Construction
Caution Caution
Manual Chair Path Manual Chair Path
Power Chair Path Power Chair Path
Elevator Elevator
Accessible Lift Accessible Lift
Designated Accessible Parking Designated Accessible Parking

Entrance Notes

(1) The main entrance to Blocks A and B of the Buchanan Building is from the east side of Main Mall, just north of Memorial Road. This entrance includes a ramp and is level and accessible with a power door. The entrance leads into the second floor of Block A near the elevator. There are also three level and accessible entrances to the first floor of Block A on the west side of the courtyard between Blocks A, B and C (Buchanan Quadrangle). The entrance at the south end of the Quadrangle has a power door and leads into the first floor of Block A near the A&B Blocks elevator. Buchanan Block A is connected to Buchanan Block B by a level link on floors one and two,and by the elevator to floor three of Buchanan B.

(2) The main entrance to Buchanan Block C is located on the south side of the building on Memorial Road. This entrance is level and accessible and includes a power door. This entrance leads into the stairwell of Block B and the lower floor of Block C. A second accessible entrance to Block C is on the east side of the Buchanan Quadrangle across from Block A. This entrance leads to the lower floor and to the C Block elevator. There is also an internal entrance with power door near the elevator that connects the first floors of Blocks C and D.

(3) The main entrance to Block D of the Buchanan Building is on the south side of Block D facing Memorial Road, in the courtyard between Blocks C, D, and E. This entrance is level and accessible and has a power door. This entrance leads into the lower floor of Block D, including the Meekison Arts Students Space. A second entrance to Block D is located on the east side of the Buchanan Quadrangle. This entrance is accessible and has a manual door. This accessibility of this entrance is difficult and some users may prefer to use an alternate entrance. This entrance also leads to an internal entrance with power door that connects to the main floor of Block C near the elevator. The third entrance to Block D is located on the west side of Block D near the intersection of Crescent Road and East Mall. This entrance is level and accessible and has a manual door. This entrance leads into the lower floor of Block D, as well as to an internal entrance with power door that connects to the main floor and elevator of Block E.

(4) The main entrance to Block E is located at the south end of Block E across from Buchanan Tower, near the intersection of East Mall and Walter Gage Road. This entrance is level and accessible and has a power door. This entrance leads into the lower floor of Block E. There is also an internal entrance with power door at the north end of Block E that connects the first floors of Blocks D and E.

Other Accessibility Features

- External Accessible Ramp
- Accessible Elevator Available
- Accessible Washroom Available

Closest Accessible Parking

- Rose Garden Parkade

Routing Notes

To reach the Buchanan Quadrangle from Memorial Road, take the pedestrian underpass under Buchanan Block B.

Accessibility Notes

None. This building is fully accessible.

Caution Notes

- n/a


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Buchanan Building

1866 Main Mall
V6T 1Z1

Short Form (SIS) Name: BUCH

Related Locations

- Buchanan Tower


Search for related Web Site [W] and Directory [D] information by clicking the appropriate link below, or see the UBC.ca site's list of A to Z UBC Web Sites.

- Arts Academic Advising [D] [W]
- Arts Instructional Support and Information Technology [D] [W]
- Arts Undergraduate Society [D] [W]
- Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies [D] [W]
- Continuing Studies [D] [W]
- Creative Writing [D] [W]
- Dean of Arts [D] [W]
- Faculty of Arts [D] [W]
- First Nations Languages Program [D] [W]
- First Nations Studies Program [D] [W]
- Food Services [D] [W]
- Philosophy [D] [W]
- Political Science [D] [W]

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Unique Location Features / Special Usage

- Arts 200 Cafe, Arts Academic Advising, Faculty of Arts Office of the Dean (Block A), Arts Language Labs, Faculty Of Arts PC Lab, Faculty Of Arts Mac Lab, Meekison Arts Students Space (MASS) in Buchanan Block D

History / Points of Interest

Year Erected: 1958

The Buchanan Building began in 1956 with Block A. Blocks B and C followed in 1958, and in 1960 Blocks D and E were built. The Dean's office addition to Block B was constructed in 1968. The former Dean of Arts and Sciences, Daniel Buchanan, who passed away in 1950, is the namesake for the buildings. The complex is built under the influence of the Modern Movement in architecture, particularly the architecture of Mies van der Rohe.


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Finding Your Way: The Buchanan Building complex is located on the east side of Main Mall, bounded by Crescent Road on the north, East Mall on the east, and Memorial Road on the south. The main entrance is at Buchanan Block A on the east side of Main Mall, across from the L

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