Sunday, November 9, 2014
It says 1931 in large numerals above one of the two main entrances to the Villas Hotel in Shanghai. The heritage plaque on the building is less definite. It says the building, a company building was built about the 1930s of reinforced concrete in modern style.
As you can see the hotel has a horizontal band of decoration between the ground floor and the first floor with vertical element in the centre.
And note the small concrete balconies with a wave motif.
Inside, the foyer is bright and airy leading to ...
... corridor with lifts to the upper floors and ...
... and perhaps some guest rooms.
Throughout the public areas on the ground floor there are exquisite lights and Art Deco details. Whether these are original, restored or new is difficult to tell.