Asiatic Petroleum Company – Shanghai building , further information

Jennifer Lang:  I just returned from a visit to Shanghai and a look at the many wonderful Bund buildings from the 20th century.

Here is more detail on the Asiatic building. It was designed by the architectural firm of Moorhead & Halse and built in 1916. The records I accessed show that it was originally called the McBain Building and that it became the offices for the Asiatic Petroleum Company in 1917, and later the East China Petroleum Company occupied the building (in the 1950s) and the China Pacific Insurance Company occupied the building in the 1990s (I believe this company continues to occupy this building today).

The building is seven stories high, and composed with symmetrically designed neoclassical/Barque style primary facades of reinforced concrete. Evidently the building was known as the “No. 1 building on the Bund” (its address), and at its time of construction in 1916 was one of the tallest Bund buildings.


  1. Wang Xuyuan, Shanghai China, “The Bund & Architecture of One Century” China Architecture and Building Press, 2008.
  2. Brochure entitled “Architectures on the Bund,” Prepared by the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Administration, April 2014

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