Historic villa welcomes visitors

The historic Drummond Apartment will open free to the public for the first time this weekend.
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

The historic Drummond Apartment will open free to the public for the first time this weekend. 

Tucked away in a cluster of old buildings on Huashan Road in Jing’an District, the three-floor villa has long been off limits to visitors. 

The English Renaissance-style villa was built in 1917 by Price’s (China) Limited, a subsidiary of London-based candle maker Price’s Candles, according to a cultural relics survey. The red-brick facade of the main body of the villa features Corinthian columns. The dark-color wooden staircase, decorated with beautiful carvings, and the historical fireplace with ornate carvings have been retained.

After 1949, the central government took over ownership and converted it into office space. Now, it is used by local firm Bright Dairy. The company will open its first floor for public visitors from 9am to 12pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE
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