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Address:62 West Fuxing Road  
  • Built in 1930, the building covers a floor area of 3,086 sq m and a building area of about 2,150 sq m. It is a Spanish-style residence.

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    The residence is a brick-and-concrete structure, and consists of a two-floor south building (front building) and a three-floor north building (rear building), which are connected by a colonnade, and each of which has an independent entrance. In the middle is an inner courtyard. The composition of the interior space of the building is highly variable. Each floor of each building consists of two residential units, and the house types include three bedrooms, four bedrooms, five bedrooms, etc. The entrance is recessed and semi-hexagonal. The doors and windows are square or arched, the windows on both sides are equipped with Corinthian threaded columns, and the window lintels are decorated with arched ornaments. The low-pitched red imbrex roof is equipped with dormer windows, and the outer walls are covered with yellow cement.

    The building was once misunderstood by many people as a monastery due to its name “Cloister Apartment”, but it had nothing to do with monastery. Since the word “cloister” also means “ambulatory”, some people called this apartment “Ambulatory Apartment”.

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    Many people believed that the owner of the apartment was the British Patons & Baldwins, Ltd. However, the real owner was Palmer & Turner Group, one of the most important architectural firms in Shanghai in the first half of the 20th century.

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    Palmer & Turner Group was once the oldest architectural design offices in the Far East, with a history of more than 100 years. Nine out of the existing 23 historic buildings in the Bund were designed by Palmer & Turner Group, including the world-famous HSBC Bank Building, Customs House, and Sassoon House.

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    On September 25, 1989, the site was announced by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government as a Heritage Architecture in Shanghai (under Class III Protection) and a Historical and Cultural Heritage Protected at the Municipal Level.

    The building was once used by Hunan Sub-district Office.

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