Documents from the construction of the Shanghai Park Hotel 1934

A unique little piece of Shanghai history: invoices and correspondence between furniture manufacturer Arts & Crafts and the offices of architect László Hudec in regards to the interior design of the Park Hotel, opened in 1934. 

The Park Hotel housed in the Joint Savings Society Building on former Bubbling Well Rd., is an Art Deco masterpiece inspired by the American Radiator Building. It was the tallest building in Asia from its completion until 1963. László Hudec was a famous Austro-Hungarian architect, active in Shanghai from 1918 to 1945 and responsible for some of the city's most notable structures. Arts & Crafts was old Shanghai's largest furtniture and interior design firm which besides the Park Hotel outfitted many of Shanghai's most iconic buildings such as the Astor House Hotel, the Shahmoon Building or the Central Post Office.