My favorite memories of Shanghai are from the Former French Concession. I love the streets lined with plane trees and the colonial architecture. So I was excited to revisit it on my trip to Shanghai last week and was not disappointed.
This house is now a Shanghai Children’s Palace, but at one time it belonged to the Rong Family, later of CITIC. Once upon a time, I used to procrastinate in grad school and read about famous Mainland families, including the Rongs. So it was fun to see their old house. This view is just the width of the back of the house.
Check out this is lovely Art Deco house. The portholes are distinguishing traits of Art Deco buildings. To me, it’s simply stunning.
This is the house in its entirety. What I would do for a sunroom like that!
Here’s another Art Deco porthole.
And here are a couple of Art Deco houses, also in the French Concession.
We also saw interior Art Deco details.
This internal staircase:
And these door details:
It was such a treat to see these homes, mainly from the outside. Next up, a unique look inside a famous Shanghai Art Deco home that is rarely open to the public.