Saadi Hali (Acrylic on canvas. Copyrighted 2015. All rights reserved)

"Telephone Exchange"

  • From the turn of the century to the 1940s, this building on Washington St. was the site of The CHinese Telephone Exchange. Operators were required to memorize the name of each Chinatown resident, know where they worked, and speak every dialect and language spoken in Chinatown.