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Matching Brethren Buildings

Add:1418 Nanjing Rd W.

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At the corner of Tongren Road and Nanjing Road W. are the two houses known as the "Brethren Buildings" because they were both built to almost the same design. Designed by Tug Wilson of Palmer & Turner, the French-style constructions were originally the homes of Guo Le and his younger brother Guo Shun. The Guo brothers, originally from Guangdong Province, owned the former Wing On (Yong An) Department Store on Nanjing Road. Guo Le died of natural causes in 1956 in the United States and Guo Shun, who lived in Hong Kong in his later years, was eulogized for his enthusiasm for the construction of Zhongshan City in Guangdong by people from his hometown.

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