Chinatown Gateway, 1975


Designed by Peter Fung, this all-steel gateway was built across Wentworth at its junction with Cermak.  It marked Chinatown's revival in the 1970s after three decades of sleepiness and decline.  The need for it to look modern explains the lack of the kinds of ornamental detailing that one sees on the gateways of other Chinatowns.  While some claim that it has become a bit shabby, the problem can be solved by sandblasting and painting.  The gateway has many years of life in it yet, serving as both a symbol and a billboard for announcing civic events.

Chinatown Gate