Sam Kee Building, 1936
Located at 8 West Pender Street, the Sam Kee building is recognized as the skinniest commercial building in the world. It’s also a prime example of a “spite building.” Chang Toy built it in 1913 after much of his large corner lot was expropriated by the city to widen Pender Street. Toy’s neighbour assumed that he would be able to pick up the remaining six foot wide lot for dirt cheap. Toy wasn’t too fond of his neighbour and so refused to sell and built this instead, just to piss him off. The Sam Kee Building is now owned by Jack Chow Insurance and is currently getting a face-lift.
Source: City of Vancouver Archives #Bu N158.3