Early Modern Western-style Architecture of the Showa Era

QPDaimaru Villa
(Kyoto City Registered Cultural Asset)
Location: Kasuga-cho, Karasuma-dori Marutamachi-agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto City

Former residence of the original proprietor of Daimaru Department Store. Built in 1932 from plans drawn by the architectural design office of William M. Vories. The furniture and building were designed at the same time. This structure is in the Tudor-style, typical of 16th-century England, and it is a representative example of Western-style housing early in the Showa era. The villa is not open to the public.


QQKyoto Denden Building - Nishi-kan (former NTT Kyoto Central Branch)
(Kyoto City Registered Cultural Asset)
Location: Kurumaya-cho, Anenokoji-dori Higashi-no-Toin nishi-iru, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City

Tetsuro Yoshida, an engineer with the former Communications Ministry, designed this building. Stage One was completed in 1925; the second stage in 1931. The uninterrupted arches lining the exterior are a distinguishing feature.


QRMainichi Newspaper Kyoto Office (former Kyoto Dai-Mai Kaikan
(Kyoto City Registered Cultural Asset)
Location: {Goko-cho Ebiya-cho, Sanjo-dori / Goko-cho Higashi-iru Benkeiishi-cho, Sanjo-dori}, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City

A three-story ferro-concrete building, constructed in 1928 to designs by Goichi Takeda. Noteworthy features include the balcony, which draws its shape from the Mainichi logo, and the lamp covers on each side of the entrance.

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