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Former Residence of Wu Tongwen

Add:333 Tongren Rd

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Commonly known as "the green house," this residence for D. V. Woo (Wu Tongwen), "the pigment magnate" in old Shanghai, was a superb example of an ultramodern design. Covering more than 2,000 square meters of building area, the four-story reinforced concrete structure was covered in green tiles and completed in 1938. It is characterized by sleek modern lines, graceful curves and a simple design of the facade. There were rooms for different functions such as a ballroom, a banquet hall, a billiard room, a chess room and a bar. It was also one of the few private homes in the city to have an elevator at the time. Among numerous dwellings Hudec designed, this ultramodern residence on the corner of Beijing and Tongren roads is the most outstanding. It was once considered the most luxurious home in the Far East, according to a special report published in an English-language newspaper in 1939.