Monday, September 16, 2013

Poy Gum Lee (Li Jinpei) in Who’s Who in China

Who’s Who in China
Biographies of Chinese Leaders
Fifth Edition
The China Weekly Review, 1936
page 137, column 2

Poy G. Lee, R.A., (Li Ching-pei)

Poy G. Lee, R.A., architect; born at New York City, U.S.A., Jan. 14, 1900, of Cantonese parentage; attended Dewitt Clinton High School 1913–17, Pratt Institute 1917–20, Massachusetts Institute of Technology summer 1921, Columbia University 1922–23, completing Beaux Arts Institute work 1919–23; passed the University of the State of New York licence [sic] for registered architect 1923; employed in the offices of Murphy Mcgill & Hamlin Archts., J.F. Jackson Archt., and Ludlow & Peabody Archts., working on the Yenching University, New Jersey & Passaic Y.M.C.A. Buildings, John’s Manville 28 story building, New York and Times Annex Buildings of 20 stories, respectively; came to China for the Y.M.C.A. Building Bureau for China, Nov. 1923 in association with A.Q. Adamson, director; completed the following Y.M.C.A.’s in China; Shanghai foreign, Shanghai Navy, Changsha, Paoting, Tsinan, Nanking, Ningpo, Shanghai National Committee Building, Nanchang, Chengtu, Foochow, Amoy, during the period of 1923 to 1927; started his own practice in April, 1927; became associate architect to Y.C. Lu during the period of his illness, 1928; upon Lu’s death in March, 1929, was entrusted by the respective Committees to finish up the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Nanking, and the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Canton, 1929–1930; chartered member of the Society of Chinese Architects, secretary and treasurer 1927–29, president 1930; handled the following work 1927–30: The Nantao Christian Institute, The Mary Farnham Girls School, the Frenchtown Shanghai Chinese Y.M.C.A. 11 story Building, the National Y.M.C.A. Headquarters 8 story Building, Shanghai; Huchow Isolation Hospital, Cantonese Guild Girls School, Shanghai; Hangchow Power Plant; Central University—College of Commerce, Kiangwan; Wuhan University, Wuchang; Cantonese Baptist Church, Shanghai; Capital Theatre, Nanking; and the Shanghai Quarantine Station; New Capital Theatre, Nanking; Lingnan School, Shanghai; Quarantine Station, Amoy. Changchow General Hospital, Changchow; elected President, Society of Chinese Architects, 1936; address: 349 Kiangse Road.

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The 1936 book is available at the Internet Archive.

American University Men in China
American University Club of Shanghai
Comacrib Press, 1936

(Updated September 16, 2014; tomorrow: Poy Gum Lee, 1944, 1946)

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