This historic brick mansion on the southeast corner of Changde Road and Beijing Road is surrounded by wide roads and modern high rises. Prompted by a thorough photographic exploration by Shanghai Architecture Wandering 走跳上海建築 and a useful location advice from 随意, I put together a little background info.
Villa at 310 Hart Road, near Avenue Road
310 Changde Road // 常德路310号
Here it is on the aerial map from 1948. Avenue Road (now Beijing Road) runs somewhat horizontally; Hart Road intersects it:
It was built prior to 1927, probably as a residence. Up until 1939 here was a boarding house operated by Mr and Mrs Chalmers, whose tenants took the landlords to court over the absence of hot water for their morning bath!
In 1939–1941 it was a girls' school:
Map: Virtual Shanghai
From 1941 until at least 1948 this was the Shanghai Lutheran Center: "The Lutheran Center was established with Lutheran World Action funds and contributions from Lutheran Missions in China, including our own. It was used during and after the war as a center for men in our armed forces. The Center provided a temporary home for many missionaries passing through Shanghai when forced by communists to leave their fields. It has also provided a home for our missionary family assigned to Shanghai for new work opened in that city." (Source)
And here it is today:
Image: Shanghai Architecture Wandering 走跳上海建築
The complete set of wonderful recent photos of this building is in the link.
See more then and now photo comparisons.