Constructed in 1911, the historic register CCBA building provided a home for Chinese immigrants as they navigated their new culture in the wake of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. In later years, the building served as a city hall for the Chinese community and provided space for a movie theater, playhouse, music hall and a gathering place to socialize.
In 1981, the building undertook an extensive renovation while this current Prosper Portland grant addressed needed misc. repairs and refurbishing. Neil Lee, project architect and current president of CCBA's Board of Directors, commented, “It's my obligation to take care of this building’s legacy and keep it well maintained because it's holds so much history."
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