July 7th, 2020

A residence on West Nanjing Road

This interesting stash of documents and photographs from 1948 pertains to the ownership of the residence at 1917 West Nanjing Road.

[See the rest of the docs...]

This is the facade seen from the street:

And this is the garden side:

How does one get access to such interesting archival evidence? If you're a property owner or a real estate agent, you can tap into the Shanghai Urban Construction Archive, which holds all these goodies; otherwise – alas!

There is something else about this house. This residence in a distinct "Spanish style" was designed by the Russian architect N. N. Emanoff for the Associated Architects and built in 1941. It still stands at 1917 West Nanjing Road 南京西路1917号:

Click here or the image above to see its location.

+1 for the Russians!