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152 E Pender St, Vancouver BC
The Soo Yuen Society Building dates from the 1880s and is one of the many Chinese Society Buildings that reflects an ancestral name or village connection. The Soo Yuen Society relates to the names: Louie[/Lei/Lui], Fong[/Fang] and Kwong[/Kuang]. Chapters can be found all over the world. Currently, the building is undergoing much needed restoration of the structural elements as part of the Chinatown Matching Grants Program offered by the City to assist with the costly upkeep of Society Buildings.
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
Soo Yuen Society website, COV Report to Council December 2015