Hundreds of square meters of villas, located in a prime location in the center of Hanoi, used to be the residence of famous Hanoi giants.
Villa 200 m2 of rich silk merchant famous old Hanoi
Located right on the busy old street of Hang Dao, the house number 72 of Mr. Nguyen Thai An’s family stands out for its mossy features and ancient architecture. The house is nearly 200m2 wide, including more than 10 rooms built in the 40s of the last century.
Mr. An was born in 1943, the eldest of a family of 12 brothers. His father was Nguyen Van Loi, a well-known rich silk merchant in the old town of Hang Dao (Hanoi). His mother, Nguyen Thi Hong, was also considered a beauty with a “leaning water, leaning into” beauty at that time.
According to Mr. Nguyen Thai An, the house was bought by his parents in the 1940s to open a silk and clothing shop. Then, Mr. An’s family hired a French architect to redesign the entire space. It took a few years for the house to complete construction.
When the house is completed, the first floor is used by the family as a transaction store, the 2nd and 3rd floors have large rooms to store goods such as cloth packages, clothes … all kinds. Particularly employees, chefs, nannies … have their own living rooms.
Located in a prime location, with the frontage facing Hang Dao street and less than 100 meters from Hoan Kiem Lake, the house has been repeatedly paid high prices, but Mr. An did not sell but wanted to preserve and preserve it. next generation. Until now, the house’s architecture has not changed, many objects from the previous century are still used by Mr. An’s family.
A 700m2 garden villa of a gold merchant in the old town
Located in the heart of the busy Old Quarter of Hanoi, the old house No. 6 Dinh Liet is a rare work that still retains its ancient architecture, surrounded by a green garden. The owner of the house is Mr. Pham Van Thanh and his wife, Pham Thi Te, both famous jewelers in Hanoi in the early 20th century.
Pham Ngoc Giao, the eldest son of Pham Thi Te, said that before 1944, the work belonged to a giant woman in Hang Bo street. After that, the house was bought by Mr. Pham Van Thanh (Mr. Giao’s father) and Mrs. Pham Thi Te (Mr. Giao’s mother) for 50,000 Dong Duong. After the acquisition, the house was redesigned by Mr. Pham Khac System, one of Vietnam’s first architects, for the entire building, including gardens and houses.
In architecture, the house is a harmonious combination between French style and traditional Vietnamese house. The columns and trusses inside the house are all made of nail wood. The area inside the house still retains many expensive furniture and decorations.
In particular, the 100-year-old antique furniture is imported from France. Mr. Giao said that the special feature of this set of tables and chairs was that it was handcrafted by French carpenters in the early 20th century.
The ancient villa of the giant Hang Be: 800m2 wide, furniture imported from Europe
Located in the middle of the busy old town of Hanoi, the villa of Truong Thi Mo’s family (born 1924) is distinguished by its mossy features and ancient architecture. The works with a total area of 800 m2 was built in 1925, about 100 years ago.
Accordingly, the villa was built by Truong Trong Vong, Mo’s biological father. In the 20s of the past, he was a well-known entrepreneur (construction contractor) in Hanoi. Vong is originally from Van Dien (Thanh Tri, a suburb of Hanoi). The whole project was designed by a famous French architect, accompanied by a team of nearly 100 construction workers from provinces near Hanoi. The villa was built hard in a year to complete.
The work is built in the French architectural style, with separate rooms and a system of skylights and gardens arranged in harmony. The highlight in this villa is 4 monolithic pillars, intricately carved with the motifs “Dao – Cuc – Truc – Mai” with the meaning of bringing luck, prosperity, wealth and warmth to homeowners.
Although built a hundred years ago, the design of the villa is quite modern, the rooms have been designed with a closed toilet, a private bathroom, the owner’s bedroom has more ceiling fans, mahogany, cabinets. luxury, iron wood bed.
The villa has a bedroom for each family member, a guest room, dining room, and a living room. All rooms are designed to connect with each other, forming a unity. Most of the furniture in Hang Be Villa is imported from Europe or Hong Kong.
Dan trí/Photo : Vu Duc Anh