Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens 2.8
Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Gardens was built in 1896 as the main residence of Iwasaki Hisaya ,the 3rd president of Mitsubishi and the eldest son of Iwasaki Yataro, the founder of the group. Over the years, there were more than 20 buildings on this 49,500m2property. At present, the site has been reduced to 1/3 of its original size, with only 3 buildings, namely the western-style residence, billiard room and Japanese residence have survived to date. The western-style house and billiards hall were designed by British architect Josiah Conder (1852-1920).
The Great Hall of Japanese-style building and the Japanese decorative screens in the East Wing of the western-style building were both designated important cultural assets in 1969. Later, in 1999, the land upon which the residence is located, and the surrounding tiled-walls were also designated important cultural assets.
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