Address：No.1469 Middle Huaihai Road
No.1469 Middle Huaihai Road, built in 1921, is a detached garden residence. It has a fake-three-floor structure, a red plain-tile roof and a dormer in the north of the roof. On the original first and second floors of the south facade are loggias supported by double columns. After the Consulate General of the United States in Shanghai settled here in the 1970s, steel windows were installed in the south gallery. To the south of the building is a broad lawn echoing the nearby rockery, pond and greenhouse. They integrate with one another, and are surrounded by green trees, forming a tranquil atmosphere. The building is one of the most high-grade garden residences in Xuhui District.
In the history, the owner of the building changed for several times. The building was originally owned by Jardine Matheson, the largest British trading company in Asia at that time. During the Second World War, a Japanese businessman lived here with his family. Later, it became the residence of the Swiss consul general.
In 1946, Rong Hongyuan, the descendant of a textile tycoon, purchased the property, but he soon left Shanghai. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, the building was once used by Shanghai Women’s Federation, served as the “political education” center during the Cultural Revolution, and later became the government’s guesthouse. Finally, it became the seat of the Consulate General of the United States in Shanghai after a contract was signed.
On February 15, 1994, the site was announced as a Heritage Architecture in Shanghai.