Sam Kee Building, Vancouver

Sam Kee Building, Vancouver

The Sam Kee Building has the rather odd distinction of being the shallowest commercial building in the world.

The building was originally built by one of Chinatown's wealthiest firms, the Sam Kee Company, in 1903. The basement level of the building was designed to hold public baths, while the ground floor held commercial buildings, and the top level was residential.

This arrangement worked for the next nine years, until the city of Vancouver widened the street the Sam Kee Building was situated on. This had the effect of seriously limiting the size of the commercial area of the Sam Kee Building. In response, the building was designed to have a ground floor that's only around four feet, eleven inches wide, with a second floor that's six feet wide. Despite its narrow size, the Sam Kee Building is still used as a commercial space.

According to both the Guinness Book of World Records and Ripleys Believe It or Not, this building is the shallowest commercial space in the world, despite being challenged by the Skinny Building in Pittsburgh. Though the Skinny Building is wider than the Sam Kee Building's ground floor, the Skinny Building is shallower than its top floor, making it the shallowest building from the ground floor, up.
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Sight Name: Sam Kee Building
Sight Location: Vancouver, Canada
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Downtown Landmarks in Vancouver   Walking Tour of Chinatown in Vancouver  

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