Cultural Intersections: Iconic Chinese Design by Norwegian Architects
Chinese-American Museum of Chicago and Swedish American Museum collaborate to present a walking tour of Chinatown’s most iconic buildings that have a surprising design history. This program and walking tour will explore the forced intersection of Chinese and Norwegian designs created by the lack of Chinese architects due to the U.S. Chinese Exclusion Act. At the heart of the tour is Chinatown’s most iconic building, the Pui Tak Center, commissioned by the powerful On Leong Merchant Association and designed by Norwegians Michaelsen and Rognstad in 1928. On the walking tour, discover design appropriation and view materials the architects used to design the building. The program portion is led by preeminent Chicago historian Dr. Dominic Pacyga, and the walking tour is led by community docents. Arrive early at 1:30pm to enjoy refreshments and tour the museum.