January 12th, 2020

Building Russian Shanghai: architect Gabriel Rabinovich

We have a new important personality in the patheon of Russian architects in Shanghai – Gabriel "Gava" Rabinovich (Гавриил Борисович Рабинович). Given the scale of his work it is a bit strange so little is known about him. We know, however, that he was  born in Vitebsk (Russian Empire) in 1899; he had a wife; their two children were born in Shanghai. After a fruitful career in China in the 1930s and 1940s Rabinovich moved to Israel where he continued making buildings.

Most of Rabinovich's buildings in Shanghai were in the northern area of the International Settlement. There also are several miniature apartment houses in the French Concession. At least six of his works still stand, perhaps more.