Moller Villa

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The Moller Villa (Male zhuzhai, 马勒住宅), located at .30 South Shanxi Road in the French Concession area of Shanghai, China, is a colonial-era mansion. The villa was built by Eric Moller, a [Swedish] shipping magnate, in 1936. The distinctive design includes brown-tiled Gothic and Tudor gables, spires, and steeples. In 2001, the Hengshan Group began to renovate to the villa, preserving its original architectural style. The building now houses a hotel.


Sovereign Eric Moller came to live in Shanghai in 1919. Much of Eric Moller's estate was inherited from his father, Nils Moller, who began a shipbuilding business in the 1860s in Hong Kong. The Moller family business mainly focused on ships and shipbuilding, although later they ventured into real estate and insurance. The company has been operating successfully in Hong Kong until the 1990s. Arrived in Shanghai, Eric Moller works in maritime transport, also earning big sums of money in horse racing that he reinvests on farms. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the City's Jockey Club.
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