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Chinatown: Friendship Archway in Washington, D.C.
by Alfred H Liu

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In 1986, the city dedicated the Friendship Archway, a traditional Chinese gate designed by local architect Alfred H. Liu. The colorful, $1 million work of public art includes 7 roofs up to 60 feet high, 7000 tiles, and 272 painted dragons in the style of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Erected to celebrate friendship with Washington's sister city of Beijing, it was hoped the arch would reinforce the neighborhood's Chinese character. According to the plaque next to the arch, it is the largest such archway in the world. Source: Wikipedia




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THIS FRIENDSHIP ARCHWAY WAS
ERECTED BY THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
AND THE
MUNICIPALITY OF BEIJING
1986

MARION BARRY JR.
MAYOR WASHINGTON DC

CHEN XITONG
MAYOR BEJING MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT

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Artist: Alfred H Liu
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Location: H & 7th Sts NW Washington, D.C.

Nearest Metro: Gallery Place - Chinatown (Red - Yellow - Green) (click station name for all sculptures nearby)
Smithsonian American Art Museum's Art Inventories Catalog: Control number DC000224 (dcMem ID #440 )

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'Who is That Man Anyway?' on Friendship gate (54)
Wikipedia article on Chinatown
PBase.com photo

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