Early Modern Western-style Architecture of the Taisho Era

PUThe Kyoto City Archeological Museum (former Nishijin Orimono-kan)
(Kyoto City Registered Cultural Asset)
Location: Motoisa-cho, Imadegawa-dori Omiya higashi-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City

Originally designed by Seigo Motono as a display center for Nishijin weaving. Completed in 1914. This three-story brick construction is of a simple design that does not follow any of the customary styles.


PVFormer Kyoto Central Telephone Exchange Kamibunkyoku
(Kyoto City Registered Cultural Asset)
Location: Komano-cho, Nakasuji-dori Marutamachi-sagaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City

A structure designed by Tetsuro Yoshida, an engineer employed by the former Communications Ministry. Completed in 1923. Today it is tenanted by restaurants and other private concerns. This building is exceptional for its unique exterior and Germanic detail.


PWMain building of Nishijin Telephone Exchange (NTT Kyoto Central Nishijin Branch Office)
(Kyoto City Registered Cultural Asset)
Location: Kahinokami-cho, Aburanokoji-dori Nakadachiuri-sagaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City

Roku Iwamoto, a Communications Ministry engineer, drew the plans for this building, which was constructed in 1921. Distinguishing features include a nude women relief decorating the outer walls, statues of women's torsos on top of the three columns at the entrance, and sculpted lions on the third-story wall.


PXFujii Saiseikai Yurin-kan - Dai-ikkan
(Kyoto City Registered Cultural Asset)
Location: Enshoji-cho, Okazaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City

Designed by Goichi Takeda and constructed in 1926. Built to display Chinese artworks, there is an Eastern air to the architectural design.


QOFacade of the Nihon Seimei Kyoto Sanjo Building (former Kyoto Branch of Nihon Seimei)
(Kyoto City Registered Cultural Asset)
Location: Masuya-cho, Yanaginobanba nishi-iru, Sanjo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City

Constructed in 1914 to a design by Kingo Tatsuno and Yasu Kataoka. Stone cladding is the principal design feature. One span on the eastern side, including a distinctive conical tower roof, was retained on reconstruction.

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