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Vancouver Now & Then: Chinese Benevolent Association, 1972 and 2020

The building has both architectural and historical significance in Vancouver.
Chinese Benevolent Association
The building housing the Chinese Benevolent Association was built at 108 E Pender St in 1909

Built in 1909, the Chinese Benevolent Association (CBA) building at 108 E Pender St has both architectural and historical significance in Vancouver.

The CBA was instrumental in advocating for the rights of Chinese Canadians, who faced severe discrimination in the first half of the 20th century.

The building itself set the tone for the Chinatown style of architecture, such as recessed balconies and inscribed parapets, many of which are still visible today.

Chinese Benevolent Association
The building housing the Chinese Benevolent Association was built at 108 E Pender St in 1909. John Bentley/Vancouver Now & Then and Vancouver Archives

John Bentley is an architectural photographer who has photographed the inside and outside of thousands of buildings around Vancouver. Using images from the Vancouver Archives he offers a glimpse of the past and present on his site Vancouver Now & Then