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Ping Tom Park Pavilion, 1999

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One of the most attractive structures in Chinatown, this open-air pavilion was built as the central feature of the five-acre Ping Tom Park, bordering the Chicago River directly north of the Chinatown Square townhouses.  The architects (Robert Sit and Ernie Wong) and structural engineers (Joe Farruggia and Bill Wong) all have long-standing Chinatown connections.  Although they failed to convince the Chicago Park District to make the park's plants and layout look as Chinese as they may have hoped, they succeeded splendidly with the pavilion.  It has become an important Chinatown landmark in the eyes of residents and tourists.

Ping Tom Pavilion

Ping Tom Park Pavilion, from the east