As the Hongqiao roads were constructed, more and more foreigners began building houses along the roads and Sassoon was one of them.
Sassoon built two villas in similar styles along Hongqiao Road.
Both villas were constructed with expensive imported materials and designed by Palmer & Turner Architects and Surveyors, a leading British architecture firm.
After World War II broke out, the Japanese took over a lot of properties in Shanghai. The Japanese sold the villa and after several rounds of auctions, it was purchased by the owner of Shanghai Yinfeng Wool Textile Co
Although Sassoon had tried to take the house back after the end of the war, the company refused, saying it had been obtained legally.
According to the book "The Best Historical Buildings in Shanghai - Changning District," the owner moved to Hong Kong in 1956 after his company was nationalized into the state-owned Shanghai Textile Industry Bureau, like many other private enterprises. And from then on the building served as a sanatorium for hard-working textile workers.
As the textile industry was declining, the villa was rented to a real estate group in the 1990s.