Old Shanghai (2)

I spent the afternoon trying to figure out the other aspect of old Shanghai – the very prosperous period before the second world war when buildings were put up by American and British architects in the latest styles of art deco and jazz moderne, beginning with Hamilton House, an old apartment block designed by Palmer and Turner:-

Up the street is what was William Hunt & Co., reinforced concrete with classical detailing:-

No. Three on the Bund, built 1916-1918 for the Mercantile Bank of India:-

No.1, The Bund, once the home of Asiatic Petroleum:-

The Custom House, still the Custom House, in severe doric:-

No.14, post-war for the Bank of Communication:-

The Russo-Asiatic bank, designed by Becker and Baedecker:-

The Bank of Taiwan (1926):-

Jardine Matheson:-

Now, it’s time for tea.