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1933 Shanghai: Art Deco Abattoir

Gathered here are several photographs from a brief walk around 1933 Shanghai (上海1933老场坊), an unusual slaughterhouse in Hóngkǒu 虹口, part of the former Shanghai International Settlement. Designed by a British architect in an arguably Art Deco style and built with imported cement in 1933, it was recently renovated and transformed into a hub for the creative industries. Seeing as how this is Shanghai, several high-quality English language articles have already been published about it, so I will hereby refer you to Atlas Obscura, Shanghai Art Deco, Mas Context, Randomwire, and La Casa Park for more information and informed analysis.

I’d like to thank this shadowy blogger and Tong Lam for bringing 1933 Shanghai to my attention. For a more original take on something in the vicinity have a look at my write-up about this half-demolished neighbourhood nearby.


  1. Did u manage to check this place out? Trying to find out if it’s still around. Chekkit anyways. Awesome images…
    – Rach

    1. Rach: yes, I was there. It was alright! There are abandoned places around but everything I found was securely boarded or bricked up. The pace of urban renewal is blinding fast in Shanghai from what little I experienced.

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