Day 137: Pui Tak Center

The Pui Tak Center (Pui tak means to cultivate and enhance virtues),  is located in Chinatown’s only historical landmark. It was designated a landmark by the commission on Chicago Landmarks on December 1, 1993. Constructed from 1926 to 1928, the building was originally built for the On Leong Merchants Association. At the time of construction, there were no architects of Chinese origin or descent licensed to practice in Illinois, nor were there any standing examples of traditional Chinese architecture in the state. The architecture showcases traditional Chinese design. Imposing green and red pagoda towers topped with walls of terra cotta flowers and mother lions truly represent the majestic traditions of China. Inside, the reception hall represented the one and only indigenous Chinese shrine in the Midwest.

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