The British Concession was the oldest foreign concession in Tientsin, dating from 1860. It was leased in perpetuity to the British Crown and occupied some 200 acres on the left bank of Pei Ho River. The seat of administration was at Gordon Hall, overseeing Victoria Park.
A bustling commercial street cut through most of the foreign concessions, with a different name depending on which concession it cut through. In the British concession, it was known as Victoria Street, and it played host to numerous headquarters of international banks, as well as merchant houses.
A de facto American concession was administered from 1869, as part of the British concession. Victoria Street became Woodrow Wilson Street here, and there is a clear distinction between the buildings here and in the British Concession. These are starkly commercial, bourgeois/beaux-arts and monumental.
This gallery takes one through both concessions…
…and (possibly) the American Concession
Unfortunately, I did not manage to properly document the buildings in this part of the concession.
The buildings shows after the American naval club are new buildings most of them along the
extension of Taku Rd they do resemble the old architecture as it appears the city meant them to be …of course the last one is the Leopold Building – lovely spacious apartments. Unfortunately
Gordon Hall was damaged years ago due to the Tongshan earthquake & replaced by an ugly
govt bldg. but rebuilt to accommodate the Ritz Carleton hotel with surrounding apartment bldgs.
in the same motif
thank you for your detailed record and pictures. Nice shot!. The last four buildings are built in recent years to imitate the style and motif of british buildings.