residence on route ferguson

No. 4 Lane 280 Route Ferguson // 274 Wukang Road // 武康路274号

Modern view of the residence. rabbit_3922.

The villa, finished in 1939, was described as follows:

"Modern in every respect, the residence possesses many attractive features, which the architect conceived to make it a most comfortable place of habitation for the owner. Having a wide southern exposure, the houses faces a spacious garden and is approached by a concrete driveway running at the side of one of the boundaries of the site. In the centre of the ground floor opening on to a quarry tile paved terrace is located the main living room. Of very generous dimensions, this room is designed on conservative modern lines and is ingeniously illuminated in the evening by concealed lighting. An attractive fireplace of black and botticcino [beige] marble and a recessed bar are the main features of this room. Over the fireplace is located a large mural with a modern motif, one of the several in this residence executed by the well-known Russian artist V. Podgoursky."

"Connected with the living room by a wide archway and located on a somewhat higher level, is the dining room. The walls of this room are panelled the full height with Australian walnut. The floors of both rooms are parquet of Japanese peach wood. The study, located at the north-east corner of the house, is designed in dignified old English style, with a low panelling, heavy wood ceiling beams and a Tudor fireplace built of artificial stone. Built-in book cases of design to match the room line the walls and a mural painting depicting a rural English landscape are additional features in this room. A mosaic-paved sun-porch with a large corner window occupies the southeast corner of the house. In addition to these rooms on the ground floor, there is a large kitchen and pantry with built-in furniture, and the usual lavatories, boiler room, etc., together with a double garage."

"The upper floor is reached by a well-lit circular stairway and consists of of four main bedrooms, two bathrooms and a servants'' wing. The bathrooms are equipped with imported American coloured sanitary fixtures and are finished off in harmonizing high grade terrazzo. All bedrooms possess roomy well-equipped wall closets. In addition to all these modern conveniences, the residence is equipped with an air-conditioning and air-heating system of the latest design." (Shanghai Times, Special Industrial Supplement, Dec 1941)

In 1940, the villa’s resident was listed as T. M. Liang (梁于明), of the Chinese Supply Mission. From 1946 onward, this was the residence of the General Cheng Dong Kuo (Zheng Dongguo 郑洞国), famous for his anti-Japanese military campaigns during the occupation (1947 Shanghai Telephone Directory).

This building on a map.
The residence soon after its completion. Shanghai Sunday Times, 1941.
The residence on Route Ferguson. Museum of Russian Culture, San Francisco.
Modern view of the building. rabbit_3922.
Back of the building, showing the circular staircase (left). Ctrip
The residence in its urban context. Brian Wang 王宇洁,
The north facade of the residence and the surroundings. Brian Wang 王宇洁,