Shanghai Bund The Customs House

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Shanghai Bund The Customs House was built in 1927. At that time trade was burgeoning and a massive structure was planned, the last in a series of customs houses on the site. The side we see, facing the Huangpu River, is eight stories while the clock tower is eleven stories, a height of 90 meters. It is just a bit shorter than the Park Hotel, which held the “tallest building” prize until 1983. The second section is five stories tall and the building surrounds a courtyard.
The clock has four sides and chimes the hour. It was made in London and shipped for an earlier version of the Customs House. The architects, Palmer and Turner designed the present building to show it off. The building is in the neoclassical style with strong straight lines. Doric columns are used in the reinforced concrete design. The strong vertical lines are relieved by eaves at the first and third stories and again near the top. The Customs House is still used for that function today.

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