A paperfolding paradise
The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell
page attempts to record what is known about the origin
and history of the origami design known as the Pagoda.
Please contact me if you know any of this information is
incorrect or if you have any other information that
should be added. Thank you.
The Pagoda is an early example of a multiple piece / modular design.
As far as I know the first appearance of the Pagoda in the historical record is in Fun with Paper Folding by William D Murray and Francis J Rigney first published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928. It is made from 5 pieces folded from squares of diminishing sizes, each square being a half inch smaller than the preceeding square.
The design next appears as the 'Chinese Pagoda Bookmark' in The Art of Chinese Paperfolding by Maying Soong, first published by Harcourt Brace in New York in 1948, where it is made in 9 pieces from squares of diminishing sizes, each square being a quarter inch smaller than the preceeding square.