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Former residence of Silas Aaron Hardoon

Add:Western tip of Gushan Road



Around a kilometer from the Yu museum is the holiday villa of Shanghai tycoon and philanthropist Silas Hardoon, one of the most famous figures in old Shanghai. Born in Baghdad, Iraq, and reared in Mumbai, Hardoon entered Shanghai real estate in 1911. He owned considerable property along Nanjing Road. When he died, his worth was estimated at US$150 million (it would be far more today). In 1917, he built a villa near West Lake and named Luo's Garden after his Chinese wife Luo Jialing. Today it is open to visitors. The first floor contains stores and the second floor is a studio and gallery for local artists.