This modern-style building on the south of Wukang Road was built in the 1930s. There is a plaque fixed to the entrance wall stating that this was the former residence of Huang Xing. This is the apartment where Huang Xing, a Chinese bourgeois democratic revolutionist and the main organizer of the 1911 Revolution, lived in 1916. It was also known as Mr Huang’s House. During this period, Dr Sun Yes-sen came to the apartment to discuss the business events with Huang Xing on two occasions.
The former residence of Hang Xing is actually at the south of the building and it is an English country style garden house. Its construction was difficult and costly with complex and decorative structures. Its construction started during 1912 and was completed during 1915.
The whole building is a hybrid structure. It imitates the Italian Renaissance style and built in the neo-classical style of architecture. The building has a symmetrical marble open-air stage and a granite foundation. The water cement wall facade sets off a large block of light-colored horizontal lines. There are eaves on the relief and you will note them on the 2nd, 3rd and 4tj floors of the south facade and arched flower water wave balcony. They are supported by a thick bracket, providing a decorative role. The balcony is decorated with Roman railings and is elegant. The roof is covered with red tiles. The gable is an exposed wooden frame with the same interior decoration. The interior staircase has an L shape and its railings are typical of an Art Deco Style. The steps are made of granite and the floor is tiled and decorated with flowers. The floor in the bedrooms is made from Meranti wood. The interior wall is made from teak and the ceiling is decorated with plaster curlicue patterns. Overlap-line legs are used mostly and the entire indoor environment is displayed in a very elegant manner.
Originally there was a garden in front of the building planted with cypress pine, green grass, and also with a vine wisteria frame. There was also a pavilion in the southwest corner. After Huang Xing’s death, the World Association, the World Institute and Chinese Studies Gallery had been set up here. Shanghai International Library was changed to World High School. Then after the foundation of the New China, it was used by The East China Education Association, and now it is Number 2 Elementary School of Middle Huaihai Rd. The pavilion in Huguang Middle School was removed in 1981 to build an educational building. Now unfortunately the garden has not survived. However the Mr. Huangs House is now a residential home.
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