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Chinese Methodist Mission Church, Chinatown

chinese missionThe Methodist church was the first to minister to the Chinese community in Canada, there was a mission school in 1876 in Victoria and in Vancouver in 1888. From its original Hastings Street location the Mission moved to a purpose built building on Carrall at  Dupont (Pender) Street in 1889. The illustration is one of the few that show the full building. It is from a booklet published in 1900 by the architecture firms of Parr and Fee, W. T. Dalton, R. Mackay Fripp, William Blackmore and G. W. Grant. In the booklet, Parr and Fee take credit for the design, though it may only be for the addition. Thomas Hooper receives the credit in earlier newspaper reports.

The Mission faced Carrall Street and only lasted until 1907 when it was demolished and replaced by the Pekin Restaurant, better known as the Pekin Chop Suey House and home to the Chinese Freemasons.

2 thoughts on “Chinese Methodist Mission Church, Chinatown

  1. I am a descendant of Rev. Chan Yu Tan, younger brother of Rev. Chan Sing Kai – who was first invited by the Methodist Church of Canada, to help minister and found Chinese Methodist Church in Victoria. Both ministered in Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver and New Westminster. Rev. Chan Sing Kai, went on to minister or found churches in Oregon, Nevada and California. My great-great-grandfather Rev. Chan Yu Tan retired in New Westminster, my mother, grandmother and her siblings shared many stories. Thank you for sharing this story about the Mission building on Pender and Carrall St. I think the first building was originally on Beatty St, according to the 93rd Anniversary booklet. Can you help clarify?

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