For the past century, Wuhan University has built an elegant palatial architectural complex of primitive simplicity which blends perfectly the eastern architectural style with that of the west. It was commonly regarded as one of the most beautiful campuses for decades in China.
Most stylish old buildings were designed by F. H. Kales (1899-1979). Educated in MIT, Mr. Kales was a pioneer to blend western architectural styles with traditional Chinese elements, which is most evident from his roof designs.
Built in 1930s, a total of 26 early buildings of Wuhan University in Hubei entered the fifth national cultural relics protection list in 2001, together with the Yanyuan architecture around Weiming Lake at Peking University, the early buildings of Tsinghua University in Beijing, the old site of Dongbei University in Shenyang. This is the first time that universities have entered the cultural relics protection list.
At present, Wuhan Municipal Government plans to pack a batch of historic sites in Wuhan such as old concession in Hankou, Hanyangzao, Wuhan University and Wuchang Shouyi to declare as World Culture Heritage.
(hubei.gov.cn by Mao Huifang)