No. 1 Asia Building
Built in 1916 and regarded as ‘the first mansion’, it is originally the McBain Building and housed the Shanghai offices of Royal Dutch Shell and the Asiatic Petroleum Company in the past. It is currently used by China Pacific Insurance Co. Ltd. It has eight floors and its construction area is about 11,984 square meters while covering an area of 1,739 square meters. With an eclectic style, the exterior of the building is divided into three horizontal parts and three upright parts. Both the bottom and upper parts are in Baroque style, while the middle part is in modernist architectural style. It is gorgeous and elegant.
No. 2 East Wind Hotel
It was formerly named the Shanghai Club which was the principal social club for British nationals in Shanghai. The original Club was a three-storey red-brick building constructed in 1861. It was torn down and rebuilt in 1910 with reinforced concrete in a neo-classical design. The large first floor dining room has black and white marble flooring, while the entrance staircase uses imported white Sicilian marble. The second floor is the international matelot club and the others are guest rooms. With complete facilities and beautiful decoration, the hotel is the ideal choice for business accommodation.
No. 3 Bund
Built in 1922, it is originally the Union Building where a number of insurance companies were housed. The seven-storey building was the first work in Shanghai of P&T Architects and Surveyors (Palmer & Turner), and was the first building in the city to use a steel structure. Occupying 2241 square meters, with a floor area of 13,760 square meters, it is in the Neo-Renaissance style with a symmetrical facade, but with some Baroque style details. The roof features a domed corner pavilion.
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