Taiwan Presidential Office Building marks 100th anniversary

Exhibition to open for the public Sunday

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Vice President Chen Chien-jen (first left in foreground) visits the Presidential Office centenary exhibition.

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (first left in foreground) visits the Presidential Office centenary exhibition. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - An exhibition to mark the centenary of the iconic Presidential Office Building in central Taipei will open to the public on Sunday.

Vice President Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) and the grandson of the building’s architect, Matsunosuke Moriyama (森山松之助), spoke at the official news conference introducing the exhibits Saturday.

The grandson said that if Moriyama were still alive, he would be “the happiest architect in the world,” seeing how much progress Taiwan has made and how more of his works have been preserved in Taiwan than in his native Japan.

During the Japanese occupation from 1895 to 1945, Moriyama designed several landmark buildings on the island, such as the Taipei Guest House on the boulevard in front of the Presidential Office, the Control Yuan and the headquarters of the Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corporation, as well as buildings in other cities which functioned as local government offices.

The Presidential Office was originally designed to hold the offices of the Japanese governor-general. In 1919, it was known as the largest free-standing building in Asia, the Central News Agency reported. Moriyama died in Japan in 1949, aged 79.

Taiwan will also issue a commemorative postage stamp to mark the building’s centenary.