CASL's Kam Liu Center, 2004

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The Chinese American Service League, called "castle" by everyone in Chinatown, has become the community's leading social service agency.  In earlier times, the CCBA and On Leong provided whatever help was available for the old, young, and poor.  Now most such services are felt to be the responsibility of CASL.

In the late 1990s, CASL's leadership made the decision to build a new headquarters and, moreover, to build one that was not in traditional style, without green tile roofs, upswept eaves, and Chinese motifs on the walls.  Studio Gang Architects received the commission.  The result was a striking piece of contemporary architecture, perhaps the first landmark-quality building to have been built in Chinatown since the second On Leong Building was completed in 1928.  In 2005 it received the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence


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The Kam Liu Center from the northwest.  The skin is of titanium. A feng shui master helped to finalize the design.