The highest structure in Wuhan at the time it was built, the former National Industrial Bank of China (NIBC) was made of reinforced concrete and designed by Lu Yongbiao, a famous modern Chinese architect, an employee of Hemmings & Berkley Co.
Standing conspicuously on a corner, the structure is comprised of a six-story tower in the middle and two six-story wing buildings. Its exterior walls facing the street were covered with polished black marble from Qingdao, Shandong. Simple and symmetrical, its dominant rectilinear style is characteristic of modern Art Deco.
This purplish-red modern building for the NIBC Hankou Branch was established at the end of Dongting Street in 1936.