Architect A. Godfrey Bailey designed the clubhouse and store building for the Lung Kong Tin Yee Association (龙冈亲义公所)in 1948. The association is a worldwide ethnic fraternity also known as the Four Brothers established in 1876. Construction of the transcontinental railroad led many Chinese men often wit their families, especially from Guandong Province to immigrate to California. Many initially arrived in San Francisco and for mutual protection formed family associations.
In 1876, the families of Lew, Quan, Jung, and Chew built a "Lung Kong Ancient Temple" in the heart of San Francisco Chinatown, a replica of the same Temple in Shui Kou County (水口镇), Kaiping built in 1662 as a place of worship and meetings. As years passed, more four-family members arrived in San Francisco. Around 1895, two four-family associations had organized: the San Francisco Lung Kong Association and the San Francisco Mu Tin Association (later changing its name to Ming Yee Association). The former engaged in fraternal activities such as providing a place for meetings, promoting social activities for members, and aiding newly arrived members from Guangdong Province, China. As economic opportunities began to open across the country, four-family members traveled to different parts of the country to work, settle, and form additional four-family associations.
The Lung Kong Tin Yee Association in Los Angeles is located at 989 N Broadway in New Chinatown. Please do not use this image in any media without my permission.
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