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Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968

  • 19:30 - 21 September, 2015
Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968
Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968, 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.

In this survey exhibition, architectural historian Kerri Culhane documents and explores Poy Gum Lee’s (1900-1968) nearly 50-year long career in both China and New York and examines Lee’s modernist influence in New York Chinatown. This project will result in the first-ever comprehensive list of Lee’s projects in New York. Lee’s hand is visible in the major civic architecture of Chinatown post 1945, which blends stylistically Chinese details with modern technologies and materials. Lee was the architectural consultant for the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association’s building on Mott Street (1959) and the On Leong Tong Merchant’s Association at Mott & Canal Street (1948-50) – the most prominent Chinese modern building in Chinatown. Among his highly visible commissions, Lee designed the Chinese-American WWII Monument in Kimlau Square (1962), a modernist take on a traditional Chinese pailou, or ceremonial gate; the Lee Family Association (ca. 1950); and the Pagoda Theatre (1963, demolished).

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Cite: "Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968" 21 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/774015/chinese-style-rediscovering-the-architecture-of-poy-gum-lee-1923-1968/> ISSN 0719-8884

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