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Seattle Chinatown Gate

 
 
Seattle Chinatown Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 10, 2019
1. Seattle Chinatown Gate Marker
Inscription.  Seattle has had three Chinatowns since the 1860s. The present, third Chinatown was established in the early 1900s. This gate, or Pai-Lau, marks the western entrance to Seattle's Chinatown.

For many years, the Seattle Chinese community has desired a Pai-Lau (traditional gateway) to commemorate over 150 years of Chinese American contributions, history, culture, ownership and pride in their community. In 2003, a group of nine community leaders established the Historic Chinatown Gate Foundation to oversee the planning, fundraising and building of two matching gates. The Chong Wa Benevolent Association, the Greater Seattle Chinese/Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, the South Downtown Foundation and MulvannyG2 Architecture provided seed money and technical support Funding for gate construction poured in from community donations. In addition, the Foundation received generous grants from the South Downtown Foundation, the City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and King County.

The unique Gate design resulted from the collaboration between local and overseas talent, in response to specific site and City requirements.

Seattle Chinatown Gate and Marker - looking south on King Street image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 10, 2019
2. Seattle Chinatown Gate and Marker - looking south on King Street
The marker is on the left supporting column of the gate. The other plaques visible here are all donor plaques, commemorating the generousity of the various donors and organizations that helped pay for the gate.
Local companies donated, or provided at cost, most of the construction materials. The ornamental tiles originated in Southern China. Dedicated on February 9, 2008, this gate is a testament to the unity and will of the Seattle Chinese community and a lasting remembrance of all those who have preceded us.
 
Location. 47° 35.909′ N, 122° 19.644′ W. Marker is in Seattle, Washington, in King County. Marker is at the intersection of South King Street and 5th Avenue S on South King Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Seattle WA 98104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Union Station (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chinese American Soldiers Memorial (about 500 feet away); King Street Station (about 700 feet away); Great Northern Tunnel (about 800 feet away); The Goldsmith Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The White Chapel District (approx. 0.2 miles away); How Big Was Japantown? (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lou Graham’s Sporting House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Seattle.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Chinatown Gate (Seattle) (Wikipedia). (Submitted on November 5, 2019.)
 
Categories. Asian AmericansMan-Made Features
 
Seattle Chinatown Gate - north side of gate image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 10, 2019
3. Seattle Chinatown Gate - north side of gate
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 5, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 5, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 35 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 5, 2019, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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