It’s Chinese New Year this week and while there will be dragon dances, sales, special menus, and hoopla in many Vancouver neighbourhoods — Victoria Square (at 41st) and Chinatown (near Main and Keefer) are just two — one neighbourhood seems to have been left off the invite list.
The area some of us think as “The Chicken District” (or home of The Chair Factory) was slated to become Chinatown II. In about 1910, the city made some attempt to move Chinatown over to the area near Franklin and Woodland. A number of businesses did move, and buildings investments were made — of particular note is a $15,000 Buddhist temple and rooming house (no longer standing) and an apartment building on the SE corner of Franklin and Woodland (still standing).
The building is memorable to some for its recent history as a notorious “Vancouver waterfront” bar, but it is particularly notable because it was designed by W.H. Chow, a Chinese-Canadian architect whose other projects can still be found in Chinatown. …READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY>>>