The building on the left is No.17 on the Bund, formerly North China Daily News(1850-1951) Building, designed by Lester, H. & Co. and built in 1923. This building, with neoclassical style and reinforced concrete structure, was the first high building in Shanghai at that time.
The building in the center is No.18 on the Bund, formerly the Chartered Bank Shanghai Branch, a five storey reinforced concrete structure building, designed by Palmer & Turner. This is a building of Romanesque classical style, with dignified and neat appearance. The exterior of the ground floor is granite-faced, and there are Ionic columns penetrating from the second to the fourth storey. After Liberation, the Chartered Bank building was taken over by the municipal housing authority and renamed the "Spring House." In 2004, after renovation, Bund 18 became a building housing global fashion brand stores, world famous restaurants, bars and art galleries, it is now one of the top integrated consumption building in Shanghai.
The building on the right is No.19 on the Bund, the Swatch Art Peace Hotel, formerly built as the Palace Hotel in 1908 on the site of the Central Hotel, which had been founded on the same site in the 1850s. When built, the six-stories masonry structure hotel was the tallest building on Nanjing Road. The exterior adopted a Renaissance style. The hotel had around 120 guest rooms. It was also the first hotel to have two elevators in China. On February 1st,1909, the first meeting of the World Anti-Narcotics League was held here. On December 25th,1911, after the success of the Xinhai Revolution, Sun Yat-sen stayed at the hotel and advocated commitment to the revolutionary cause. During World War II, the building was occupied by the Japanese army. In 1947 it was purchased by a Chinese company. After Liberation it continued trading until 1952, when it was taken over and used by the Municipal Construction Department. In 1965 it resumed trading as a hotel as a part of the Peace Hotel. In 2010, it was renovated and restored to its original splendor.
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