Even in a city filled with Streamline Moderne buildings, these two were exceptional.
There was a time when department stores were like movie palaces. In Japan, some still are.
Why visit the Peace Hotel roof, which is just 11 stories above ground? You be the judge.
Shanghai is too rich in Art Deco to have an obvious #1 Art Deco building. But if not the Peace Hotel, then what?
Two views of Shanghai’s spectacular Peace Hotel. From 1997, the original lobby check-in area (you can just make out a luggage cart at lower right) and from 2015 where the original lobby is now a lounge. Looks like the clock did not survive …
Shanghai has lots of Art Deco, and the area with the most is the former French Concession.
The Hikawa Maru made 238 voyages between 1930-1960, surrounding passengers with a splendid Art Deco environment.
Removing wires isn’t that difficult, but it takes time.
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