May 24th, 2016

Dragon Chi

Some extra fine living in the early twentieth-century Shanghai

Since we were talking about bachelors, here are some of the finest bachelor bungalows and family villas in early twentieth-century Shanghai, before the construction boom. The scale of post-Victorian living was truly awesome.

A Shanghai bachelor's bungalow called "Bridle Path:"


A corner of the drawing and dining rooms in Bridle Path:


The drawing room in the house of a bachelor named Andersen:


The poor lonely soul's dining room:


Villa "Uhlenhorst" of the Von Dürings (or Westerndoffs), on 14 Weihai Rd:


A group of wedding guests at the villa:


Mr. and Mrs. Von Düring:


Wedding guests showered the newlyweds with flowers and gifts:


A residence called "Wulfften," on Jessfield Road:


Approaching the Wulfften in a carriage:


The hall. How would you know you were in Shanghai?


The drawing room:


Villa Wayford of the Samsons, at 16A Siccawei Road:


Guests at a garden party at Wayford:


Mr. Maitland's bungalow on Route Pichon (Fenyang Rd), with the excellent name "The Back of Beyond":


A modest little house "The Copse" that belonged to the Arnholds, of Arnhold Karberg & Co.:


The entrance hall and the staircase:


A view of the conservatory from the drawing-room:


The floral drawing-room:


A cosy corner in the hall:


A corner of the dining room:


Even Mr. Li Ching-Fong (Jingfang), th Chinese statesman and adopted son of Li Hongzhang, wants to pretend he lives in England:


Principal staircase in Li Jingfang's house:


The dining room:


The house of Cheng...


The house of Sheng...


Back to the post-Victorians. Avenue leading to "The Neuk," the house of Mr. J. Harvie,


Rivers-Hall of R. E. Toeg on Seymour Rd (today's North Shaanxi Rd):


The hall and the staircase:


The dining room:


The drawing room:


Mr. and Mrs. Toeg's children: