MidCentury Chinese Architects Feted


The Chinese American Museum opened their new exhibition Breaking Ground: Chinese American Architects in Los Angeles (1945-1980) with a gala party at the historic Pico House last night. In attendance was 101-year-old artist Tyrus Wong, former city councilman Michael Woo and the only living architect profiled in the exhibit, Gin Wong. The show profiles the late creators of googie-style coffee shops,  New Chinatown and modernist houses in Silver Lake and Wong, whose firm is still turning out designs that continue to grace our landscape. Original drawings, models and even 3-D photos explain the mid-century marvels. Wong, who helped design the original LAX, San Francisco’s Transamerica pyramid and that awesome 76 gas station in Beverly Hills, was feted by USC architecture dean Qingyun Ma who said that architects are “not just building walls, but building bridges that are connecting time and space and culture.” The space-age creations of these great Chinese architects are on view through June 3rd