Zhong Shan District Landmarks
Originally established under the Japanese colonial government, the Takasago Beer Company, the Jianguo Brewery's forerunner, was the first brewery in Taiwan and enjoyed prestige on par with the Sapporo Brewery of Hokkaido, Japan. Expanded in the1960s, the Jianguo Brewery achieved production of over 144 million bottles, with its quality lager even winning international awards including the Monde Selection award of Belgium.
The original complex featured a mixture of structures made of red bricks, stones and steel-reinforced concrete. Later additions were primarily structures with brick walls and steel trusses, reflecting the evolution of construction technology. Although now decommissioned, much of the facility's equipment remains on-site as historical evidence of the development of Taiwan's beer brewing industry.
Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Research Institute
The Tsai Jui-Yueh Dance Research Institute building was a dormitory for government employees during the Japanese era (1895-1945). The houses in this predominantly Japanese neighborhood were arranged in orderly rows and were of uniform size. Following World War II, many prominent officials of the Republic of China such as Huang Chi-ruey and Huang Chao-ching took up residence in this district.
After studying dance in Japan, Ms. Tsai Jui-Yueh embarked on a career in dance instruction, founding the Chung-hua Dance Research Institute in 1953. Internationally recognized as a choreographer and performer, she composed over 200 works and was versatile in ballet, modern dance and traditional folk dance. She became highly regarded as an educator and a pioneer promoter of modern dance in Taiwan.
Damaged by fire in October 1999, the building housing Tsai's dance studio has been restored to its original appearance.
Zhongshan Presbyterian Church
The Zhongshan Presbyterian Church's distinctive architectural design is based on a cruciform floor plan running on an east-west axis. Special design features include a three-tiered bell tower, Gothic windows and a buttress on the outer wall. The church’s cruciform plan keeps the Anglican tradition of a pulpit on the left side of the altar and a lectern for scripture recitation by lay readers on the right. The interior includes arched suspension roof trusses, an architectural element rarely seen in Taiwan, achieving a classically reverential atmosphere.
Yuanshan Villa (Taipei Story House)
The building has had a complicated history of ownership. For a time occupied by the Japanese military police, it was also the home of former Legislative Yuan president Huang Kuo-shu after World War II.
Constructed in the English Tudor style, a rarity in Taiwan, the villa is made of brick on the first floor and wood on the second story. The posts and beams, exposed on the exterior wall, are carved in a tree-branch design. A semi-circular balcony with neoclassical columns covers the entranceway, and the steeply sloping roof has a central spired cupola. The intriguing rear staircase is built like a small tower, with curving eaves and arched Art Nouveau windows. Courtyards were once situated to both the building's front and rear.
Originally a technical arts training center during the Japanese colonial period (1895-1945), this building was dedicated to technical training and vocational counseling, thereby addressing the problem of unemployment during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It stands as a significant historical landmark of the development of social welfare services in Taipei City. Following World War II, it was transformed into a laboratory for the Taipei City Health Department.
The building features a symmetrical European-style design, with towers rising above both wings. A sloped roof facilitating rain drainage has now replaced the original semi-circular roof, which featured circular cavity windows and horizontal ribbon embellishments.
Taiwan New Culture Memorial
In 2017, Taiwanese New Cultural Movement Memorial Museum Dadaocheng preparatory office organized Dadaocheng’s tour guide event and cultural lectures. The area around Dadaocheng was the birthplace of Taiwanese New Cultural Movement. Therefore, the Memorial Office's preparatory office involved Dadaocheng’s monument spots where Chiang Wei-Shui engaged in civil rights and social movements and hold "Taiwanese New Cultural Movement Historical Monument Tour Guide." In addition, to promote the cultural characteristics of Dadaocheng region, we planned related tour guide and lectures on topics such as Taiwan's puppet show, architectural features of Dadaocheng, Taiwanese popular music in the 1930s, the historical process of the modernization of Dadaocheng, and tea industry. A total of 52 events were held in 2017.
Taiwanese New Cultural Movement Memorial Museum is expected to open for operation in October of 2018 and related celebration activities will be held. The planned activities are as follows:
(1) 2018 Taiwanese New Cultural Movement Education Promotion Campaign (Tour Guide and Lecture)
(2) Taiwanese New Cultural Movement memorial concert
(3) Taiwanese Cultural Association 97th anniversary memorial forum
(4) "Wei Shui Spring Wind" musical
(5) Opening celebration activities and theme exhibition
The main event is expected to be held in the second half of Year 2018. Details of the events will be announced on the official website of Taiwanese New Cultural Movement Memorial (http://tncmmh.gov.taipei/) in the future.
City Government Historic Monuments Legislative Yuan (Former Taipei Second Girls High School)
Originally it was the school building of the Taipei Second Girls High School under Japanese rule. The west and south L-shaped brick building built in 1919 is currently preserved and the walls still retain its original materials and structures; The north side Modernist architecture was built in 1935 using reinforced concrete and the whole building presents the original architectural styles of the Girl School and it is well preserved.
The building became the location of the Legislative Yuan after World War II, witnessed late girls high school education under Japanese rule and the history of democracy and the rule of law after the R.O.C. government moved to Taiwan and it is significant in the aspects of the education, politics, history and culture.