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Image ID448
TitleImperial Chinese Maritime Customs (first building)
CollectionVirtual Shanghai
LocationShanghai IS
Estimated date1857-1891
Caption on original imagejianghai beiguan
Image typeBlack and white photograph
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Private RepositoryIAO
Note(s)This building of the Imperial Maritime Customs was erected in 1857 after the original headquarters had been trashed during the Small Sword Society rebellion in 1855. It was in the form of a Chinese temple and was characteristic of the yamens (imperial offices) built at that time. The building was demolished in 1891 and a new Customs House was built. It was a brick building with a centrally placed five-story clock tower (33 m). Its red brick wall with facings of green stone were reminiscent of a British town hall in the Tudor style. Eventually, a new building was erected in 1925-1927, also with a clock-tower. When the latter was demolished, the old clock "Big Ben" was put into the present tower. (Fletcher, 1987, 1239)
Keyword(s) [en]settlement ; building ; house ; customs ;
Keyword(s) [fr]concession;bâtiment;maison;douanes;
Street nameBund
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