ca. 1913-1931 (inclusive); retrofit 1986-1999 (other)
The Sun Life Building is an historic office building on Dorchester Square (1155 Metcalfe Street) in downtown Montreal, Canada. The building was finished in 1931 after three stages of construction. It was built exclusively for the Sun Life Insurance Company. It measures 122 metres in height and counts 24 storeys. Although the then-new head office of the Royal Bank of Canada at 360 Saint Jacques Street in Montreal was taller by several floors, the Sun Life Building was at the time the largest building in terms of square footage anywhere in the British Empire. The Sun Life Building went through three different stages of construction, the first one starting as early as 1913, but it was not until 1931 that its main 24-storey tower was erected, thus completing the project. In 1923 the firm was renamed Darling, Pearson and Cleveland and continued at least through 1976.