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263-265 E Pender St

Photo Credit: Rick Horne


265 E Pender St, Vancouver BC

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263 E Pender St, Vancouver BC










The current building on this lot was constructed in 1973 and is primarily constructed with brick. The original building dated from the 1910s. Since the 1950s, the business on the ground floor (unit 265) has been an import-export company known as Tai Hing Co Ltd. The upper floor (unit 263) has gone through a handful of different residents including Kum Yee Wong in the 1950s, Y J Wo in the 1960s, and You Tiee in the early 1970s. From 1976 to the late 1980s, it was a restaurant called Sam Lock Restaurant, before being vacated in 1990. Currently, it is an Italian-Japanese fusion restaurant called Kissa Tanto.

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


Heritage Vancouver Building Permits Database, VPL British Columbia City Directories 1860-1955, VanMap