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RAS Shanghai 4/5/14 – walking tour of Architect Paul Veysseyre’s Historic Art Deco Buildings

Posted: May 3rd, 2014 | 1 Comment »


SPENCER DODINGTON will lead a walking tour of

Architect Paul Veysseyre’s Historic Art Deco Buildings.



 Sunday 4 May 2014

1:30pm (2pm start) – 4pm

venue TBA


Paul Veysseyre was a leading French architect who lived in Shanghai from 1921 to 1937, one of the principles of the architectural firm Leonard, Veysseyre & Kruze. Over a hundred of his buildings are still standing in Shanghai, contributing to the city’s extremely diverse architectural heritage. Well-known works include the Cercle Sportif Français (now the Okura Garden Hotel), the Boissezon Apartments and the Dauphine Apartments, just to name a few.


In this 2-hour guided walk, Spencer Dodington will lead RAS members and friends around parts of the Former French Concession to view some of Veysseyre’s work. Spencer is the author of Paul Veysseyre: Shanghai’s Art Deco Master, which chronicles the architect’s life and works.



Spencer Dodington is an expert on the history and restoration of Shanghai Art Deco architecture. His work in the city has been chronicled in magazines and newspapers around the globe. He lives and works in Shanghai.



It took Spencer Dodington and Charles Lagrange three years of researching and writing, using original and new photos, to finally give readers a close-hand account of Veysseyre’s life. The book is not only the first comprehensive book about him, it is also the only recent book in English offering a succinct history of the French Concession and its legacy. Part of this legacy is the city’s Art Deco image, due to Veysseyre.


In her foreword for the book, Tess Johnston writes: “Spencer Dodington and Charles Lagrange are the perfect choice to document Veysseyre’s life and work… Anyone who loves architecture in all its variety – and wants to understand how it evolved – will find this volume illuminating.”

RSVP: to RAS Bookings at: bookings@royalasiaticsociety.org.cn


ENTRANCE: Members 100 RMB – Non Members 150 RMB


Copies of the book, Shanghai’s Art Deco Master,  will be available for sale (cash purchase only – 350 RMB) at the end of the Walk.


Priority for RAS members. maximum of 20 participants. Those unable to make the donation but wishing to attend may contact us for exemption.

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One Comment on “RAS Shanghai 4/5/14 – walking tour of Architect Paul Veysseyre’s Historic Art Deco Buildings”

  1. 1 Natalie Carter said at 12:08 pm on June 6th, 2019:

    I am interested in purchasing this book. Where can I buy it ? I live in China. Thank you.

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