Photo Credit: Martin Knowles
100-102 E Pender St, Vancouver BC
Built in 1911 for property developer, Loo Gee Wing, the building has been owned by the Lung Kong clan society since 1926. The top three storeys now house the residential Sun Ah Hotel. Designed by R.T. Perry and R.A. Nicholais, the coarse brick texture was intended to reflect the hand-built nature and aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts movement, a modern and popular style at the time of construction.
This society was later known as Lung Kong Tien Yee. The building is also known as the Queen Anne Apartments.
On ground level was the famous Foo’s Ho Ho restaurant. For many years the Ho Ho Restaurant’s 4 story high neon sign served as a landmark, but 8 years after the restaurant closed, the sign was removed.
This site is part of the Chinatown Historic Area, HA-1 in the City of Vancouver’s zoning bylaw. It is included in the Vancouver Heritage Register as a recognized part of the historic neighbourhood. Other similar municipally protected sites within a Historic Area are marked on the map with an O instead of the usual Heritage Register categories of A, B, or C. Some of these sites may be newer construction but are nonetheless still protected. For more information on the bylaw that governs the Chinatown Historic Area see: https://bylaws.vancouver.ca/zoning/zoning-by-law-district-schedule-ha-1-1a.pdf
Canada's Historic Places, VHF's Chinatown Map Guide