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No.45 Fenyang Road was designed by Morrison Huntley and built by Xinfengji Construction Factory in 1932. With a floor area of about 8,000 sq m and a building area of 1,236 sq m, it is a Spanish-style garden residence.

The red imbrexes on the roof, the Palladian windows on the gables, the cast iron bars of the balconies, the lamps on the walls, the delicate cement mortar carving decorations on the doors and windows, the spiral window posts, the open terrace on the first floor, and the porch formed by three continuous semi-circular arch doors all fully embody the characteristics of the Spanish architecture, and reflect the tranquility and nobility of the European architecture.

The building was the mansion built by Shanghai Customs for its commissioners. At that time, the customs commissioners were all foreigners, so the first several owners of the mansion were also foreigners. Later, Ding Guitang, China’s first deputy customs commissioner settled here. After the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, he served as Deputy Director of the General Administration of Customs. Afterwards, it was once the office building of Shanghai Customs College. Now it is used by Shanghai Fenyang Garden Hotel.

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

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