• June 30, 2018, 2–4 p.m.

Cultural Intersections: Iconic Chinese Design by Norwegian Architects

Chinese-American Museum of Chicago

238 West 23rd Street, Chicago, Illinois 60616

Pui tak center photo

Pui Tak Center, Chinatown


Discover the surprising history of some of Chinatown’s most iconic buildings with a talk and tour co-presented by the Chinese-American Museum of Chicago and the Swedish American Museum. This program unveils the forced intersection of Chinese and Norwegian design 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. With a presentation by preeminent Chicago historian Dr. Dominic Pacyga and walking tour led by community docents, this event uncovers design appropriation and showcases materials the architects used to design the building.

This tour is free and open to the public. Arrive early at 1:30pm to enjoy refreshments and tour the museum.