Da-an District Landmarks
Huang Family Qianrang Estate
Oriented toward the south, this traditional southern Fujian redbrick farmhouse with three sections had a central building with left and right wings. Initially single-section structures, the wings were later expanded to accommodate steady family growth. The original well, still found at the rear of the house, is of considerable historical significance. The estate, which is now part of the Longmen Junior High School campus, is used in its Taiwan Studies program.
Taipei Grand Mosque
At the time of its construction, Taiwan enjoyed frequent exchanges with a number of Middle Eastern allies.
A unique cultural landmark of Taipei, the mosque has special cultural features reflecting the spirit of Islam. Its exterior design incorporates such architectural elements as the traditional dome, colonnade and minaret. The building’s layout includes a reception hall, a prayer hall, side arcades, offices, library, ablution hall and gardens.
The expansive prayer hall, with an interior height and width of 15 meters, can accommodate a large congregation. As Islamic architecture does not use representational depictions of animals, botanical and geometric patterns constitute the building’s decorative motifs, lending the setting a sense of elegant tranquility.
The original Fanglan Mansion was a traditional three-sectioned structure, composed of a central building and left and right wings. Construction materials included local stones, and bricks and fir wood shipped from mainland China. A waterwheel attached to one of the exterior walls was decorated with clay moldings. Earthen Chinese characters decorated the top parts of doors and windows; the intricacy of the workmanship is still evident. After collapses, the building's two wings no longer remain
The school buildings were mostly of red brick and wood, but reinforced concrete structures replaced them over the years. Only one group of red brick buildings remains today, standing as valuable historical evidence of the school’s original appearance. The structures were two stories in height, long and slender in shape, with protruding columns. Air vents under the window sills were made of molded iron and engraved with the Provincial School of Industry logo. The masonry was of uniformly high quality, reflecting the era’s design aesthetic based on strict proportions.
Designed by the Japanese colonial government's civil engineering department, the structure was intimate in scale and simple in appearance. The central guardhouse allowed gatekeepers to control pedestrians and vehicles entering and leaving the campus’s main drive, which was lined with coconut trees. The structure was constructed with brown-faced bricks produced in Taipei and stones from nearby Qili'an, giving it a distinctive local flavor.
The design of the gate was harmoniously coordinated with other campus buildings of the time period. The plaza in front of the gate has served for decades as a forum, where young students gather to voice their concerns and call for social reform.