RAS Weekender

GUIDED WALK: Spencer Dodington on Paul Veysseyre


Sunday 4th May 2014
1:30pm (2pm start) – 4pm
venue TBA

SPENCER DODINGTONHistoric Walk: Paul Veysseyre’s Art Deco

Paul Veysseyre was a leading French architect who lived in Shanghai from 1921 to 1937, one of the principals of the architectural firm Leonard, Veysseyre & Kruze. Over a hundred of his buildings are still standing in Shanghai, contributing to the city’s extremely diverse architectural heritage. Well-known works include the Cercle Sportif Français (now the Okura Garden Hotel) the Boissezon Apartments and the Dauphine Apartments, just to name a few. 
In this 2-hour guided walk, Spencer Dodington will lead RAS members and friends around parts of the Former French Concession to view some of Veysseyre’s work. Spencer is the author of ‘Paul Veysseyre: Shanghai’s Art Deco Master’, which chronicles the architect’s life and works.
About The Speaker
Spencer Dodington is an expert on the history and restoration of Shanghai Art Deco architecture. His work in the city has been chronicled in magazines and newspapers around the globe. He lives and works in Shanghai.
About the Book
It took Spencer Dodington and Charles Lagrange three years of researching and writing, using original and new photos, to finally give readers a close-hand account of Veysseyre’s life. The book is not only the first comprehensive book about him, it is also the only recent book in English offering a succinct history of the French Concession and its legacy. Part of this legacy is the city’s Art Deco image, due to Veysseyre. 
In her foreword for the book, Tess Johnston writes: “Spencer Dodington and Charles Lagrange are the perfect choice to document Veysseyre’s life and work… Anyone who loves architecture in all its variety – and wants to understand how it evolved – will find this volume illuminating.” 
Copies of the book will be available for sale (cash purchase only – 350rmb) at the end of the Walk.

Priority will be given to RAS members. Maximum of 20 participants.

RSVP: to RAS Bookings at: bookings@royalasiaticsociety.org.cn
ENTRANCE:  Members 100 RMB – Non Members 150 RMB
WEBSITE:  www.royalasiaticsociety.org.cn
RSVP: bookings@royalasiaticsociety.org.cn