Thomas was a leader in several Chinatown benevolent societies and apparently a pretty good businessman. Even though the economy was poor, Chang installed a fifth service bay in 1933. Lion's Gate Super Service Station operated for over two decades and it was still owned by Shell two years after Chang's death.
In 1955 it became Henry’s Service Station and was operated by H.H. Leong. After the service closed in the 1970's it served as a storage facility for Max Goldberg Supply Ltd., a well-patronized dealer in plumbing supplies located adjacent at 424 Main Street. Remember that there was once a strong Jewish community in this area as well.
We are still on East Pender in Chinatown. This is 111. It was erected in 1903 by Victoria based Chu Lai. Like others in his position, Chu accumulated his wealth during the Cariboo Gold Rush. Chu was also very involved in the community - promoting education, helping to establish social connections and fighting, often successfully, discriminatory legislation.
This is not the door in question. Going into an alley in this part of town with a camera could prove hazardous to my health so I don`t do it!This was designed by the one and only W. T. Whiteway - architect in charge of the Sun Tower - and this building features a pair of bay windows and fine brick and sheet-metal detailing, including the corbels in the recessed panels over the windows and the delicate cornice at the top. Other buildings in the area are different with recessed balconies and vertical proportions which is a common Chinatown theme.
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