February 12th, 2018


The architect Charles Henry Gonda

Source: minguotupian.com.

This is a portrait of C. H. Gonda, the Hungarian architect behind many Shanghai movie theatres, office buildings and the Sun Sun department store. According to SASS, he came to China in 1919 and initially worked for the Probst, Hanbury & Co 公平洋行, before founding his own architecture firm in 1922. The SASS article also claims he was a Viennese Jew, educated in Vienna and Paris; I don't know how accurate this is. Thanks to Paul French for confirming this.

UPDATE 25 Feb 2018:
I just found I had another portrait in my stash, publushed in 1931 in the NCDN: