Sofaer’s Building, built in 1906, once was one of city’s best addresses. Isaac Sofaer was a Baghdadi Jew who had come to Rangoon as a boy. He went on to become a successful importer and built this imposing art nouveau building on Pansodan Street. Tenants included news agency Reuters, insurance and financial companies as well as fine liquor and commodity purveyors. Today, Sofaer’s Building still retains a diverse pool of tenants, although it has visibly deteriorated from its early days. On the ground floor, along Merchant Street, a new Japanese restaurant (Gekkô) has opened, designed by SPINE Architects. The second and third floor in the back are occupied by a guest house. In the hallway of the second floor between the staircases and in front of the courtyard is a makeshift tea house. The elevator shaft there is cluttered with debris. Besides the Lokanat Galleries, there are a few offices and residential units, some of which appear squatted. The tower atop the four-storey building features a makeshift verandah that the resident appears to have built for himself.