Sam Kee Building

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Sam Kee Building information

Vancouver , Canada
Address
Street 8 W Pender St
Getting there
metro Stadium-Chinatown
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Lonely Planet review

This structure, near the corner of Carrall St, made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's narrowest office building. It's easy to miss it because it looks like the front of the larger building behind, to which it is attached. Check out the green glazing in the sidewalk – there used to be a public steam bath under the building.

It's interesting to note that this structure 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.