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  3. MOCATALKS: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee

MOCATALKS: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee

  • 07:00 - 19 September, 2015
MOCATALKS: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee
MOCATALKS: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, Image credit: Poy Gum Lee, On Leong Tong, 83-85 Mott Street. Presentation Drawing., 1948, Ink and watercolor on paper, Courtesy of the Poy Gum Lee Archive.
Image credit: Poy Gum Lee, On Leong Tong, 83-85 Mott Street. Presentation Drawing., 1948, Ink and watercolor on paper, Courtesy of the Poy Gum Lee Archive.

It’s hard to miss the On Leong Tong Chinese Merchants building on the corner of Mott and Canal Streets. With its pagoda façade and ornamented balconies, this iconic building designed by Chinese American architect Poy Gum Lee reveals the distinct hybrid modern architectural style often referred to as “Chinese modern.” Through Poy Gum Lee’s body of work in Chinatown and in China, guest curator of "Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968", Kerri Culhane illuminates Lee’s influence on the architectural aesthetics in Chinatown, the cultural and political impulses behind this architecture style, and the role of the built environment as an expression of identity.

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Cite: "MOCATALKS: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee" 19 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/773842/mocatalks-rediscovering-the-architecture-of-poy-gum-lee/> ISSN 0719-8884