Re: Building At 241 W. Cermak
Date: March 28, 2015 12:19PM
After the On Leong tong moved its followers en masse to 22nd & Princeton, various property owners began to replace the little wooden structures that had served the predecessor vice district with more substantial buildings. I think the tong itself commissioned Michaelson & Rognstad to design the several "business block" buildings along the south side of 22nd with dragon terra-cotta surrounds. They probably weren't all built at once. The Arcadia book [i]Chinese in Chicago[/i] shows the building (with a now gone balcony, p. 56) in the 1920s as home to On Leong's offices.
As Chinatown prospered in the 1920s and the tong's fortunes grew, they built the new building that is now Pui Tak Center in 1928.