Located at the junction of Wukang Rd and Middle Fuxing Rd, number 19 Wukang Road is a tall spike-roofed house in a courtyard that is surrounded by high walls and trees. The original British owner was Zhen Guohe’s
This is in a typical British country house. It was built in 1928, considered as the most prosperous stage of the Shanghai economy in the 20s and 30s during the last century. This was the period when Shanghai construction industry met its busiest and the most glorious time. Also, it was a time when a large number of landmark buildings were built: such as the HSBC Building, the Customs House, Sassoon House and Shanghai Mansion, then the Bank of China Tower and so on. At the same time, the Shanghai private residential development was reaching its climax with many houses being built on the Middle Yan'an Road, Kadoorie Road and for example the 1924 Villa at 2310 Hongqiao Road. Also the Sassoon Villa built during 1932. There are so many historical buildings in this area. Many of these homes are palatial. With the largest and most popular being the British-style country house. The best known of them is the Sassoon Villa which was the home of Zhen Guanghe. Among others was the main building in
Lilac Garden. There was also the house of Li HongZhang at the Intersection of West Huashan Road and Huashan Road. Then we have the Soong Ching-ling family home at 369 North Shanxi Road.
To enjoy the British-style country house style of construction we have the following characteristics: 1,they have the wooden framework on the gable and external walls with a brick chimney and you will note the steep red tiled roof. 2, The outer wall is revealed with a dark red wooden frame, that is very eye-catching, as well as the small tooth decorative pieces shown in a continuous band that appear under the eaves. Note the Gothic high red bricks on the aluminum flat-shaped teeth fireplace chimney which is very unique. 3, Then we have pairs of red steep slopes leading up to the second floor and display the four-slope pointed dormer windows. 4,we have the white cement walls. This English-style country house fully shows the owner’s elegant aristocratic charm. It is now a part of Shanghai’s modern buildings.
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