In August of 1901 Douglas boarded the Islander, intent on returning home to Vancouver. At 2 am on the 15th of August, just outside Juneau in Lynn Canal, the ship hit a submerged iceberg. Forty of the passengers, including Douglas, drowned. And here is where the story gets interesting. Rumour has it that Douglas secured gold into his clothing before drowning and had about $50,000 to $60,000 on him when he drowned. The business went on of course, Frank Douglas was succeeded by his brother Edward.
The Chi Kung Tong assisted many early immigrants from China and were intensely involved with the politics of their homeland. Dr. Sun Yat Sen reportedly stayed here in approximately 1911 and also in that year the Freemasons mortgaged the building to help support Dr. Sun Yat Sen's revolution.
This building was renovated in 1975 - the outer facades the only remnants of the original structure when the rest of the building was demolished. It was also rehabilitated in 2007 and senior's housing being incorporated into it.
5 West Pender also has its own scandal attached to it. On September 24, 1924 David Lew came down the stairs of the Pekin Chop Suey House and was shot to death on Pender Street. A court interpreter and lawyer, many thought that Lew was killed because of what he knew too much about the criminal activity in Chinatown. To this day his murder has never been solved.
And to make sure that all are getting their exercise let's now go over to Granville Street.
Dominic Burns - of the Burns meat packing company - took advantage of the city's pre World War I building boom and had this structure built for him in 1911 - 1912. The terra cotta surface we see covers a sturdy steel structure and allows for the embellishments created to ornate the building.
I like the fact that there is a little ornamentation but it isn't too overdone.
A city landmark even today, the clock atop of the Vancouver Block was the first large clock illuminated by neon light.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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