January 27th, 2020

Building Russian Shanghai: architect Alexander J. Yaron

Building Russian Shanghai now has a brief biography of Alexander J. Yaron (Александр Иванович Ярон), the most significant Russian architect of the diaspora: https://sites.google.com/view/russianshanghai/architects/a-j-yaron
Yaron designed a wide variety of buildings, many of which were realized: a Catholic cathedral, an Eastern Orthodox church, a mosque, a beach hotel and a hai-alai auditorium... He built English villas, Slavic mansions, Chinese offices and Spanish mission houses. The only style Yaron despised was modernism, so he did not create a single art deco building – quite original for Shanghai!

Top image: Yaron's design of the Hai-Alai Auditorium in the neoclassical style, presented in 1929.