In the secluded gardens behind the dense plane trees,
Accompanied by a stream of piano or violin sounded in ears,
A small western-style building is looming.
The White Mansion is located on the poetic Fenyang Road in the western district of Shanghai. It is a magnificent off-white western-style building. It is famous because of the residence of Bai Chongxi and Bai Xianyong. Perhaps it is because the Bai family’s father and son are so famous, so people usually call this bungalow “Bai Mansion.”
｜主楼 · 重现古典｜
Main Building · Reappearing Classics
Regarding the appearance of the building, the restoration team protected the south, east, and north facades as a whole, as well as the external walls, columns and details. According to historical drawings and historical photos, the second-story open terrace and the third-story porch on the south facade are restored, and the second-story terrace of the semicircular hall on the east side is restored.
After cleaning the exterior facade, the stone reveals its original solemn texture. The Ionic order pillars on the porch are slender and beautiful, making the whole building more elegant and noble.
Due to the disrepair of the “Bai’s Residence” for many years, coupled with the renovation of the restaurant for many years, it has been very different from the original historical style. The restoration team restored the elevation of the second-floor hall according to historical drawings and historical photos, which is flush with the stairwell, and the overall layout and column style of the hall are protected.
At the same time, according to the historical drawings and historical photos, the newly built partitions were demolished. The partition walls and the original layout and decorations such as ceilings, wooden walls were restored. The floors and fireplaces were also restored using similar materials and techniques to restore the original style.
The details of the interior of the stairs are also carefully restored. The carved handrails are all restored in accordance with the original style, combined with the local lighting design, to reproduce the original classical beauty of the building.
｜花园 · 更添生机｜
Garden · More Vitality
The garden house is the product of the interweaving of Western civilization and lifestyle with Chinese culture. As a typical garden house, the garden has naturally become part of the restoration work.
Later, the glass curtain wall added to the second-story terrace was demolished, restoring the original state of history. At the same time, it shortens the distance between the building and the garden, bringing vitality into the building.
The restoration team rebuilt the once demolished pool based on historical data, and the greenery in the courtyard complemented the building.
The restored Bai’s Residence reproduces the classical beauty of the French Renaissance style when it was first built. It is hidden in the greenery, which makes people think, as if they have caught a glimpse of her former face.
｜副楼 · 时代新章｜
Auxiliary Building · New Chapter of the Times
The auxiliary building is the office of the main staff of the Shanghai Opera Troupe. The first floor is the practice hall and occasionally as a small performance hall. The overall style is designed and constructed in accordance with the performance hall standards, bringing new functions and atmosphere to the historical buildings, which can better meet the new demand for social use.