May 25 2020

Frank Wright and more

Passing by this house often but the modern style in town, most times, isn’t my cup of tea.

         


May 20 2020

Cute cottages and ruins


Some houses look great with a little ‘ruin’.

I’ve passed by this house numerous times. But when I saw it today, it suddenly reminds me of the American dream: a house in the suburb with white picket fence. Even the fence of this house isn’t white nor made with wood.

   


May 20 2020

West Egg


The East Egg, across the bay

Kings Point is the posh part of the town but under the pen of F. Scott Fitzgerald, it was where Gatsby’s house was, in the West Egg, which was less fashionable than Daisy Buchanan and Tom’s East Egg, with old money: the white palaces of fashionable East Egg glittered along the water. The book came out in 1925, the story was about the summer 1922. The house looks in rather mind condition, at least 95 years later. The little park next to it is well kept. A good walk today.

 


Apr 20 2020

New and recent constructions


Apr 20 2020

B&B, ready

.. -:) oh well … maybe one day.


Apr 20 2020

Modern times

Modern architectural begins with organic architecture that was championed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This house, S. 240 is one of 425 by him that was competed, which was built in 1937 for Ben and Anne Rebhuhn.

 


Mar 26 2020

An old house in Shanghai


3 Baoqing Road 宝庆路3号
Shanghai, China

According to the post, this is one of ten old luxury houses in Shanghai 榜上有名的豪宅约有十幢, and there are 3,000 (short for yangfang 独立花园洋房.) The following photos are taken by Hu Ping.

It’s the Shanghai Symphony Museum now 上海交响音乐博物馆. Aunt Jennie started her career at Shanghai Symphony, spending four years there (1956-60) before moving to the Central Philharmonic 中央乐团 (CNSO since 1996). The exhibits in the museum are from the Symphony and Shanghai Conservatory of Music 藏品主要来自上海交响乐团和上海音乐学院. The restoration of the property was rather decent, except the fire place.

    


Oct 30 2019

Changde Dao in 2019


21 Changde Dao
Tianjin, China

We jumped from Zhou Xuexi’s former residence to my former residence – well, I called it home for a couple of years, after the lunch. It’s a short walk, southwest 900 meters away.

  

Chongqing Dao and the neighborhood of Five Great Avenues 天津五大道…


Oct 30 2019

Zhou Xuexi’s old residence


Macau Road 澳门路
Tianjin, China

From the Museum, we drove to Aomen Lu from Luoyang Road 洛阳道, visited Zhou Xuexi’s former home, a row of red brick buildings – 900 meters NE of Changde Dao. Zhou had four buildings but many had been demolished.

It’s built in 1915 and Zhou lived here for 30 some years. Zhou passed away in 1947 in Beijing where he also maintained homes.

At the curb of Luoyang and Aomen, there is a street vendor selling veggies. A popular restaurant 粤园 operates on the ground level. From the name I’d think it’s a Cantonese but it’s Thai.

    


Oct 25 2019

The hotel in Lujiang

… Lujiang, Hefei

The hotel Hongfu 鸿福大酒店 is the best in town (its facilities & guidance) and popular with weddings.  The foundation treated me to a suit with two toilets, which I protested to no avid. It feels old, and … hmmm… yucky, with many cigarette ashtrays.

      

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