Erected following the defeat of the nationalist government in China, this building symbolizes the prosperity of the Chinese community in Boston after World War II. Unfortunately, its prominence as a local landmark did not prevent the removal of the east facade when the expressway was built in 1954. Nevertheless, its rooftop pagoda and building graphics dramatically define one boundary of the neighborhood. Across Kneeland Street, the Hudson Building (1928–1929, Krokyn and Browne, 75 Kneeland Street) housed garment manufacturing, a traditional source of jobs for immigrant groups. The functional exterior conceals one of the best preserved Art Deco lobbies in Boston.
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Chinese Merchants Association Building
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