Г. Б. РАБИНОВИЧ
Gabriel “Gava” Rabinovich (1899–after 1961)
Гавриил Борисович РАБИНОВИЧ (1899–после 1961). Русский текст – внизу страницы
Born in Vitebsk Province of Russia on 8 June, 1899. Had wife Rosa (Rosetta) Isakovna; daughter Isabel (Isa), born on 18 November 1927; son Boris, born on 9 December 1931.
Rena Krasno, author of the memoir Strangers Always, was his niece; she passed his architectural drawings and photographs to the Hoover Archives. According to her memoir, Uncle Gava was well-educated, wrote plays, told great jokes and doted on his wife. "Gava, endowed with a large bulbous nose, regales all and sundry with hilarious, often bawdy, tales told in a wide range of accents – Georgian, Tartar, Yiddish, Chinese." (Strangers Always)
In 1927, as a "penniless architect" and already married, Rabinovich created his earliest known project – the conversion of a residential building on Ward Road into the new Ohel Moshe Synagogue. The rebuilding required the removal of the second floor and the addition of pillars to support the roof. A mezzanine was constructed so women could pray separately from men. (Rena Krasno, Russian Jews in Shanghai) The synagogue opened in October 1928.
In 1930–1931 Rabinovich joined E. Hazzard and E. S. J. Phillips at Elliott Hazzard. During that period, the company designed and constructed the Shanghai Power Co. building, on Nanking Road.
In 1933–1935, he worked for the Republic Land Investment Co. 五和洋行, which was implementing a massive development scheme on North Szechuen Road and siting three multistory buildings there. The flagship of the project – the New Asia Hotel – was designed by the company's chief architect S. A. Sayer, with no involvement of Poy Gum Lee (in spite of common claims); Rabinovich designed the other two apartment buildings – the Bridge House and Derring Apartments – which opened on 15 January 1935. During the Japanese occupation of Shanghai, the Bridge House became the infamous military prison and its apartments were converted to cells.
Rabinovich designed Doumer Apartments, Koffman Apartments (for Mrs. Vera L. Koffman), and "several other small streamline moderne buildings in the French Concession," which remain to be identified.
He was a board member of the Russian Jewish Club and a member of the Jewish Company of the Shanghai Volunteer Corps. He acted as a secretary of the committee for the construction of the New Ashkenazi Synagogue, on Route Tenant de la Tour, designed by his colleague Emmanuel Gran.
Upon resettling in Tel-Aviv, Rabinovich built a synagogue for immigrants from China.
Ohel Moshe Synagogue, Ward Road
Bridge House Apartments, North Szechuen Road
Derring Apartments, Tsungming Road
Residence, Hungjao Road
residence, route de Sieyes
Koffman Apartments, Route Ferguson
Doumer Apartments, route Doumer
Residence, Muirhead Road
Ohel Moishe Synagogue (1927)
Bridge House (1935)
Derring Apartments (1935)
Koffman Apartments (1935)
Doumer Apartments (c. 1937)
List of known works by Gabriel "Gava" Rabinovich
Ohel Moshe Synagogue, 62 Ward Road (1927), now 62 Changyang Road 长阳路62号
Bridge House Apartments, 85 North Szechuen Road (1934), now 85 North Sichuan Road 四川北路85号
Derring Apartments 德邻公寓, 82 Tsungming Road (1934), now 82 Chongming Road 崇明路82号 and 71 North Sichuan Road 四川北路71号
Residence, Hungjao Road (1934), today's Hongqiao Road 虹桥路 – location being confirmed
Residence, Route de Sieyes (1934), today's Yongjia Road 永嘉路 – location being confirmed
Koffman Apartments 国富门公寓, Route Ferguson (1935), now 230–232 Wukang Road 武康路230号, 232号
Residence, 151 Muirhead Road (c.1940), now Haimen Road 海门路 – location being confirmed
Doumer Apartments 杜美公寓, Route Doumer, built by A. V. Kooklin (1941), now No. 43 Lane 56 Donghu Road 东湖路56弄43号
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Tess Johnston, Permanently Temporary: From Berlin to Shanghai in Half a Century (2010).
Tess Johnston, Shanghai Art Deco (2006).
Rena Krasno, Strangers Always: A Jewish Family in Wartime Shanghai (1992).
Rena Krasno, “History of Russian Jews in Shanghai,” in Malek, ed., Jews in China (2003).