Sam Kee Building - World's Narrowest Building - Vancouver, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Hikenutty
N 49° 16.840 W 123° 06.264
10U E 492406 N 5458662
Quick Description: The Sam Kee building is considered the World's narrowest building by both the Guinness World Records and Ripley's Believ It or Not. It is 4'11" at its base and 6' wide on the second floor.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 12/5/2007 1:09:46 PM
Waymark Code: WM2Q5Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wildbill-tn
Views: 252

Long Description:
The following information is from the Sam Kee Building's Wikipedia page:
The Sam Kee Building is located at 8 West Pender Street in Vancouver, British Columbia and is noteworthy for being the narrowest commercial building in the world.

At the turn of the 20th century, the Sam Kee Company was one of the wealthiest firms in Chinatown. It bought this land as a standard-sized lot in 1903, but the City widened Pender Street in 1912 and expropriated 24 feet (7.3 m) of the lot.

In 1913 the architects Brown and Gillam designed this narrow, steel-framed building, only 4'11" (1.5 m) at its ground-floor base and 6 feet (183 cm) at the second-story bay windows. The basement extends under the sidewalk and originally housed public baths, while the ground floor was used for offices and shops and the top story for living quarters.

Rehabilitation of the building for Jack Chow was designed by Soren Rasmussen Architect and completed in 1986.

The building is considered the thinnest commercial building in the world by the Guinness Book of Records and Ripley's Believe it or Not!, but in recent years, this status has been challenged by the Skinny Building in Pittsburgh, which measures only 5'2" (157 cm) in width.

Another great article about the building and it's record challenger, the Skinny Building of Pittsburgh can be found on this Pittsburgh Post Gazette Webpage.

Date the Record Happened: 1912

Where did this record happen: Site of Building

Who Broke this record: No one, officially

Is there something to see here?: Yes

What is there to see here: The thin building

Website that Shows record happening or area now: [Web Link]

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