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Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver - Museum & Archives is the first museum dedicated to the history and culture of the Chinese community in Canada. While the permanent exhibits focus on the history of Chinese Canadians, the temporary exhibits present the work of local and international artists. The building blends classical and modern architectural styles and mimics the Ming Dynasty's Su Zhou Garden. Open all year round, the museum offers guided tours, language classes, tai chi workshops and historical discussion groups. The museum is adjacent to the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens.
Located at the intersection of Hornby and Nelson Streets, the Law Courts building lies in downtown Vancouver. The building was designed by noted architect Arthur Erickson and forms a part of the Robson Square complex. The Law Courts building houses the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal and is a famous landmark of the area.
Situated in the financial and law area of Vancouver's downtown core, Victory Square is both a park and a WWI and WWII commemoration site. The park is utilized by many during the workweek as a place for lunch, but hosts an annual November 11 Remembrance Day ceremony. Among the trees, grass and gardens stands a 30-foot high, granite cenotaph that catches the eye of every passer-by. The park has three sides, Hamilton, Pender and Cambie Streets border them.
This is Vancouver's oldest working-class neighborhood. The area's first settlement was established in the 1880s and has a diverse mix of ethnicity, history and architecture. The diversity is present today in the area's housing quarters, small corner stores, historic schools, parks and places of worship. One example is Hawkes Avenue, where stately Edwardian houses rub mortar with simple, working-class blocks. To discover more about the area, the Architectural Institute of BC offers free walking tours of the area.
Built in 1991, this structure stands on the foundations of the historic Georgia Dental Medical Building. It is an award-winning 23-storey skyscraper developed primarily for commercial purposes. The architects incorporated pieces of the original building into the façade of the new structure. This distinct blend gives the downtown tower a presence of both historic and contemporary look. Several retail shops, services and cafes dot the interior of the building. Its adjacent courtyard is a popular relaxation spot too. The Canadian Craft Museum, located on the north end of the site is a must-see.