Jack Chow Building

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Jack Chow Building information

Vancouver , Canada
8 W Pender St
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Known for decades as the Sam Kee Building, Jack Chow Insurance has taken over the name and spruced-up the spot that has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the planet's shallowest commercial building. The new approach includes a Vegas-like musical light show installed on the outside of the structure.

It's interesting to note that this century-old building is only here as the result of a dispute. Chang Toy, the Sam Kee Co owner, bought land at this site in 1906, but in 1926 all but a 1.8m-wide strip was expropriated by the city to widen Pender St. Toy's revenge was to build anyway, and up sprang the unusual 'Slender on Pender' dwelling.