Friday, March 09, 2012

Vintage Photo Friday

Funeral Procession, East Gate of China Town, Los Angeles, 1953
Photo Courtesy of the L.A. Public Library Archives

This morning we visited the Chinese American Museum, downtown Los Angeles. The exhibit we were there to see is called "Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980)." This is part of the ongoing Pacific Standard Time exhibit throughout Los Angeles.
This Museum is a little gem, on the edge of China Town. It's a two-story museum, filled with interesting photos and artifacts. The architecture exhibit covers the careers of four Chinese-American architects, "Eugene K. Choy, Gilbert Leong, Helen Liu Fong, and Gin Wong, architects who played pivotal roles in the development of Mid-Century Modern and Googie Architecture movements unique to California's Post-War architectural renaissance." I feel lucky to have met Helen Liu Fong before she passed away. We met a few times at Modern Committee events, sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy. This is an excellent and informative exhibit. You should definitely see it.

East Gate, China Town, Los Angeles, March 2012

The structure of the East Gate to New China Town hasn't changed much in the past 60 years!

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