Art Deco

This is the now unused front entrance of the Art Deco style Peace Hotel in Shanghai. Completed in 1929 by Victor Sassoon, a distant relative of LA friend, Tim Sassoon with money made in the opium trade. First opened as the Cathay Hotel, the hotel was the place to stay in Shanghai and hosted guests such as George Bernard Shaw, Charlie Chaplin, and Noel Coward.  Despite having the flu, Coward reportedly wrote the play Private Lives over the course of four days in 1930 from his hotel suite.

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