Chinese Historical Society of America
Sun Yat-sen once plotted the overthrow of China’s Manchu dynasty here at number 36, and during Prohibition, this was the site of turf...
Tin How Temple
There was no place to go but up in Chinatown in the 19th century, when laws restricted where Chinese San Franciscans could live and...
Vintage red neon promises evenings worthy of WWII sailors on shore leave. Drink in the atmosphere, but stick to basic well drinks and...
965 Clay St · interesting places nearby
Chinese Historical Society of America information
Picture what it was like to be Chinese in America during the Gold Rush, transcontinental railroad construction or Beat heyday in this 1932 landmark, built as Chinatown's YWCA by Julia Morgan (chief architect of Hearst Castle). CHSA historians unearth fascinating artifacts, such as 1920s silk qipao dresses worn by socialites from Shanghai to San Francisco. Exhibits reveal once-popular views of Chinatown, including the sensationalist opium den exhibit at San Francisco's 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expo, inviting fairgoers to 'Go Slumming' in Chinatown.
Rotating exhibits are held in this graceful red-brick, green-tile-roofed landmark building; check CHSA's website for current shows, openings and events.