From Avezink’s explanation:
A few months ago I was looking for an old temple in the vicinity of Zhoujin Lu (that’s probably no longer there, given the hideous development that Zhoujin Lu has undergone). Instead of a temple, I found this remarkably beautiful old house right off Fujia Jie. To see the beauty one must walk inside: most houses lost their facade decorations during the cultural revolution, and some shikumen were not as simple as they look now.
Perhaps, this one used to be a rich private residence, built in the 19th century in a style that was already old-fashioned. The carvings on the gate inside have scrolls, feathers and diamond shaped blocks (money?). The entrance is decorated with a standard (and quite complete) set of red carvings, and the interior room has vaulted ceiling, incised brackets and lots of tasteful details. There is no information on this house, so my guess is it belonged to a well-off scholarly family that stayed away from publicity.
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