• LOCATION 38 | Gangsters, Lane Houses, Secret Gardens: The French Concession's Hidden History

    Former Italian Consulate

    As you walk, look to your right at the grand white villa on the corner.

    It's one of the most beautiful buildings on the former Route Ferguson. It’s famous as the former residence of the Italian Consul General in Shanghai from 1933-1939, Commander Luigi Neyrone. The villa had been completed in 1932 and originally belonged to Lewis Andrews, who was a partner in a foreign exchange brokerage. Records show that in 1936 Andrews and his wife sold the villa and moved from the expensive and safe former French concession to a cheaper address outside the western boundaries, possibly a sign that business wasn’t doing well. It now belongs to the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation and is used as a meeting venue.

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Gangsters, Lane Houses, Secret Gardens: The French Concession's Hidden History