Address：No.113 Wukang Road
Built in 1923, the building covers a floor area of 1,080 sq m and a building area of 508 sq m. It is a modern detached garden residence. With simple and large doors and windows and porches, it has the early modernist characteristics. The third floor has an arched window, the double-pitch roof has long extended eaves, the slopes have folded ridges, and there are exposed wooden beams under the eaves. The outer walls are covered with brown pebbles, and there are dark green rectangular wooden windows with wooden shutters. The south side of the first floor originally had a spacious loggia, on which is an inner balcony linking up the rooms on the second floor. The middle of the outer wall of the balcony fence is decorated with a combination of rhombuses. The third floor has an inner balcony with an arc-shaped facade. The outer side of the granitic plaster porch at the main entrance has a circular arch form, with a key stone built on the top.
In the early 1950s, the building was used as the Soviet Union’s business representative office in China. In 1955, Ba Jin and his family moved from No.59 Joffre Terrace (today’s Huaihai Fang) into this building.
On September 23, 1999, the building was announced by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government as a Heritage Architecture in Shanghai (under Class III Protection). On April 4, 2014, it was announced by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government as a Historical and Cultural Heritage Protected at the Municipal Level. Now it is the Memorial Hall for the Former Residence of Ba Jin, and is open to the public.
Ba Jin (1904~2005), a native of Chengdu, Sichuan Province with ancestral home in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province, was a famous writer, translator, editor, publisher, social activist and non-partisan patriotic democrat in modern China. After September 1953, he successively served as Vice Chairman and Chairman of Chinese Writers Association, Vice Chairman of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles, Vice Chairman of the Shanghai Municipal Committee of the CPPCC, and Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the CPPCC. His representative works include The Family, Spring, Autumn, Cold Nights, More Thoughts, Random Thoughts, etc. In November 2003, the State Council awarded the title of “People’s Writer” to him. In this building, Ba Jin completed his translations and novels such as A Memoir on Creation, My Past and Thoughts, Everlasting Night and A Pair of Beautiful Eyes.