Address：No.24,Lane 1285,Middle Huaihai Road
Lane 1285, Middle Huaihai Road, also known as Shangfang Garden and historically known as Sofa Garden, was built in 1933~1941. It was originally the private garden of a British Jew named Sofa. It was purchased by Zhejiang Industrial and Commercial Bank in 1933, and then designed by Moorhead & Halse. The building group has both a modern style with simple decorations and a Spanish style with low-pitched roofs and simple tiles.
The building group consists of 74 three-floor garden residences of half-timbered structure with lively and diverse forms, including detached, two-household and multi-household. Most of them are of Spanish style and some are of modern style. Fence gates, window grilles, balconies and railings are all made of cast iron. It is bright and spacious indoors, with waxed hardwood flooring and various living facilities.
Zhang Yuanji, a famous publisher in China, once lived at No.24 and inscribed the name “Shangfang Garden”. Now, No.24 Shangfang Garden is listed as a Cultural Relic Protection Unit in Shanghai. In addition, Pan Xulun, known as the father of modern accounting in China, once lived in No.16 Shangfang Garden as well.
On February 15, 1994, the site was announced by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government as a Heritage Architecture in Shanghai (under Class III Protection). On June 1, 1992, No.24 Shangfang Garden was announced by Shanghai Municipal People’s Government as a Historical and Cultural Heritage Protected at the Municipal Level.