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Seymour Road Jewish School

The new Jewish School mainly sponsored by former Shanghai resident S. Perry was built on the grounds of the Ohel Rachel Synagogue.

Gonda designed the building in 1930 on the former Seymour Road, now Shaanxi Road N.

The building’s facade and interior have undergone some remodeling, but are mostly intact. Archival images show that Gonda’s original concept was a flat-roofed building reminiscent of the works of celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The tall windows and stone frames of this brick-clad school are simple, but traces of ornamentation appear on the cantilevered overhang of the main entrance.

The entryway is paved with gray mosaic tiles with a red border, which extends into the building’s interior, which features built-in wooden lockers. The building is now used by the Workers’ Union of Shanghai Educational Committee.


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