This is the Ramsey Brothers and Company warehouse built in 1912 when this was an important industrial area of Vancouver.
HistoricPlaces.ca shows this as one large block structure, all the same height. This Edwardian-era manufacturing and warehouse structure was located just south of the city's port and rail lines meaning the warehouse could easily facilitate the shipping of product ingredients and later finished goods. Since the warehouse is located across the street from Roger's Sugar Ltd refinery location also made it easier to get the sugar needed for food production.
Many industries have gone into the development of Vancouver. Fishing, lumber and of course the railway are all notable industries. But we can't forget gold either.
The gold rush in California was winding down so many travelled to the Fraser River where once again gold had been discovered. And that is just one of the gold rushes that brought fortune seekers to pass through this area.
This next building is not as elegant looking as the one above. But it is a part of our history too.
(This is a view of the building from Shanghai Alley. )This structure is common of buildings built in Chinatown at the time. The storefront and cheater storey are an important remnant of the original three storey building that faced Shanghai Alley. The alley was the main thoroughfare for traffic in those days. (You may remember that I wrote on the Shanghai Alley in August of 2010)
The bay windows on the third and the added fourth floors symbolize the alterations made to the entire north section of this block perhaps by architect Samuel Buttery Birds.
The Lim Sai Hor Kow Mock Benevolent Association (an incorporation of the Lim Sai Hor Tong and the Kow Mock Association) moved to the upper floors in 1923. (The Lim Sai Hor Association had dissolved in 1910)
Chinese Canadian architect W.H. Chow redesigned the Carrall Street frontage from the grandiose, colonial style it was to an ambiguous, unimposing facade which was similiar to many Chinatown buildings at the time. The alterations are an important example of Chow's work which regrettably remains largely undocumented and unrecognized.
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