Taiwan Presidential Office Building to mark 100th anniversary

Grandson of Japanese architect to visit Taiwan

Taiwan's Presidential Office (photo by Allen Timothy Chang).

Taiwan's Presidential Office (photo by Allen Timothy Chang). (Wikimedia Commons photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The grandson of the Japanese architect who designed the Presidential Office Building will visit Taiwan later this month to help mark the red brick building’s 100th anniversary, the government announced Thursday.

Matsunosuke Moriyama (森山松之助) was responsible for several iconic buildings erected during the period of Japanese occupation from 1895 to 1945, including the Taipei Guest House on Taipei City’s Ketagalan Boulevard, the Control Yuan building at the intersection of Zhongshan South Road and Zhongxiao East Road, and the headquarters of the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation.

Before he completed work on the Japanese governor general’s palace complex, which would become Taiwan’s Presidential Office in 1950, he had already designed local government office complexes in Taipei, Taichung and Tainan. He died in Japan in 1949, aged 79.

Taiwan is inviting his grandson to attend the opening of an exhibition on March 23, the government announced Thursday. Celebrations in late March and early April would also include a run and the issuing of a commemorative postage stamp, the Central News Agency reported.