Essential Architecture-  Chicago South and West

On Leong Merchants Association Building

architect

Michaelsen and Rognstad

location

2216 S. Wentworth Ave.

date

1926-27

style

Victorian Free Classical with oriental overlay

construction

Brick

type

Public Hall
 
 
   
The business association that commissioned this building was instrumental in creating Chicago's Chinatown in 1912. The building housed various meeting halls, a school, a shrine, and the association's offices. Its Oriental-style design was derived from the architecture of the Kwangtung district of China, the ancestral region of many of Chinatown's early residents. Indicative of Chicago's multi-ethnic character, its architects were of Norwegian ancestry.

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