A black-and-white photograph showing work on the first day of demolition of the American guardhouse at the Zhengyang Gate (Zhengyangmen 正陽門), better known as the Front Gate (Qianmen 前門), in 1915.
The photograph is the 443rd of 449 photographs of Beijing and its surroundings in the album of Ivan Skušek Jr., purchased during his stay in Beijing (1914–1920). In the handwritten inventory of the album, the photograph is referred to as Demolieren des Tsien-Men: Demolieren des amerik. Wachtstube (1. Tag). (DZ, MV)