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.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.