Park Hotel

Construction year: 1934
Address: 170 Nanjing W Rd, Huangpu | SHANGHAI | China
Latitude/Longitude: 31.233667, 121.471583

Park Hotel was built in 1934, a prime example of Art Deco architecture designed by the Slovak-Hungarian architect László Hudec. Park Hotel was built by the Joint Savings Society as a competitor for the Cathay Hotel.

Strongly inspired by the American Radiator Building, it is most well known building from Hudec in Shanghai. It was the tallest building in Asia at 22 floors / 84 m until 1952. It remained the tallest building in China until 1966, and in Shanghai until 1983.

The first three floors are finished with polished black granite from Shandong province. The upper floors are clad with dark brown brick and ceramic face tiles.

The exterior has had two major changes: there is a banking entrance on one corner, and a marquee was added that masks the unique silhouette of the top floors.

In 1935, the outdoor garden on the 13th floor was converted into the 14th floor banquet space and surrounded by windows and covered with a retractable roof. That roof is now a back-lit glass panel set into a ceiling.

Most of the interior was deliberately changed by the Communist government in the 1950s because they disliked the existing bourgeois style. It was then renovated again in the 1980s to return some of it to the original style. In 1997, American designer George Grigorian remodeled some the interior using an Art Deco style. American architect Christopher Choa restored the Art Deco lobby in 2001.

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