Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Lethbridge Chinatown


Old Firehall

There isn’t much to the Chinatown in Lethbridge, Alberta. It consists of little more than one city block of businesses that are becoming, dare I say, less Chinese.

Map picture

You can just see the bell tower on the old fire hall in the southeast corner of the above aerial view. All of the pictures in this post were taken in this one block area.

Quong Sang

I liked the old painted on sign on the top corner of the building, along with the detailed brick work.

Chinese National League

The top of the facade of this building collapsed on Feb 4, 2011 www.cjocfm.com/newscentre/local-news/partial-wall-collaps…

You can see the original facade here: www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/image-image.aspx?id=8729#i3

Chinese Free Masons

Chinese Free Masons, who knew? I liked the gold lettering and the bright red panels on this building. The recessed balcony is an interesting feature.

Bow On Tong

The Bow On Tong Co. building is another long time resident of this area. The store front looks like it dates from the building’s original construction, with some more recent paint, of course. Again the brick detail in the facade is excellent.

All of these images were taken on the iPhone 4 using the Camera+ app, and it’s various filters and effects.

In the best light…

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One response

  1. Mr. Fujimagari, thank you for these images of Lethbridge “Chinatown”. Do you have any other photos/information of the early lives of Asians, particularly Chinese or Japanese settlers in the Lethbridge area?

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    October 23, 2013 at 10:58

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