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Architect Poy Gum Lee was born in New York’s Chinatown at the turn of the twentieth century. After working in China for the YMCA and starting his own firm, Lee became well known for his Chinese Modern and Art Deco-inflected public and private commissions. By 1946, Lee was engaged in a busy private practice in New York, primarily in Chinatown, where Lee felt he could best be “of service to [his] Chinese people.”