Vancouver San Francisco History Tidbits


Friday, May 29th, 2009 — 10:58am PST
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We arrived in San Francisco yesterday evening and checked into our wonderful boutique Kimpton Hotel (full review will be posted when we’ve checked out).

Since we haven’t had too much time to explore yet, here are some interesting Vancouver/San Francisco history tidbits to kick start the coverage of my trip.

  • Gustav Roedde came to Vancouver via San Francisco and opened the city’s first book bindery in 1886. You can visit the Roedde House Museum in the Barlcay Heritage Square in the West End. [VancouverHistory]
  • Yip Sang was a pioneer of Vancouver’s Chinatown and came to town via San Francisco. In 1889 he built the Wing Sang Building (51-67 E. Pender), the oldest standing structure in Chinatown. [VancouverHistory]
  • The grand memorial to President Warren G Harding in Stanley Park was commissioned in when, a week after visiting Vancouver in 1923, he died in San Francisco. [VancouverHistory]
  • Sam Cohen, who started the Army & Navy chain in Vancouver, hailed from San Francisco.
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    1. Andee says:

      The di Rosa Art Preserve in Napa (www.dirosapreserve.org)houses an amazing collection of contemporary art in their gallery in the acres of land around it – check it out!

      And there is even a Vancouver connection: The preserve was opened by Rene and Veronica di Rosa back in the 70’s (I think). Veronica, a Canadian, studied at the Emily Carr School of Art in Vancouver.

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