28 May 2021

Rod Chow: owner of the World's Narrowest Commercial Building

Updated at 9am to add:


From the May 25th article "Built on a bet. Owner of world-famous Chinatown building says, despite pandemic, he's here to stay"  by Ashley Moliere in the CBC News:

The Jack Chow Insurance building, also known as the Sam Kee building, was built on a bet, according to its owner Rod Chow.

In the early 1900s, businessman Chang Toy bought a standard 30-foot lot at the corner of Pender and Carrall streets.

But the City of Vancouver needed to widen one of the streets, so it expropriated 24 feet of the land leaving him with only six feet.

"No one thought he could do anything with it," said Chow.


The structure at 8 West Pender Street is also the world's narrowest commercial building, according to the Guinness Book of World Records

Read more and watch video.


[via Shawn Farquhar]



Which puts the total of Canadian World Record holding magicians to fourteen! 

  • Doug The Great:  Heaviest Stilts Mastered.  [Guinness World Record]
  • Scott Hammell:  Highest Suspension Straight Jacket Escape. [Guinness World Record]
  • Lucas Wilson:  Fastest Suspension Straight Jacket Escape. [Guinness World Record - 2011]
  • Carisa Hendrix:  Longest duration fire torch teething. [Guinness World Record - 2012]
  • Michael Francis:  Most one-handed coin rolls in a minute. [Guinness World Record - 2013]
  • Mark Correia:  Longest Amount of Time Wearing a Straitjacket. [World Record - 2014] 
  • The Sentimentalists:  (Chris Mysterion and Steffi Kay) Most items transferred from one mentalist to another.  [World Record - 2017] 
  • Gordon Precious:  Oldest heli-skier [World Record - 2019]
  • Big Trick Energy: (Led by Chris Ramsay, Eric Leclerc, Wes Barker, and Alex Boyer) The largest online video chain of people performing a magic trick.  [Guinness World Record - 2021]
  • Rod Chow:  Owner of the World's Narrowest Commercial Building  [Guinness World Record]








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