July 12th, 2021

Zhang Shuxun’s Art Deco Residence (1932)

张叔驯在霞飞路居所留影 – Art collector Zhang Shuxun (1899–1948) in the sunroom of his new residence on Avenue Joffre.

Zhang Shuxun and his nephew Zhang Congyu commissioned two houses to be built at 1726 Avenue Joffre (Huaihai Road), close to Route Ferguson (Wukang Road). The (unnamed) European architect designed the two matching structures with clean unadorned lines, reflective of the international style. "Their outstanding design and elegant Art Deco interiors and furnishings were greatly admired at the time."

Several decades later, one of the buildings was demolished (I think), and the surviving one is part of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra compound, accessed from Hunan Road.