Grass Mountain Chateau
A Retrospective of Grace in Grass Mountain Chateau
One building, how many stories? One history, how much elegance and talent left behind?
The grass is luxuriant and ethereal, the feeling of leisure relaxing
Grass Mountain Chateau was originally a guest house used by Taiwan Sugar Corporation, and once hosted then Crown Prince- Michinomia Hirohito (who later became the Emperor Showa).
Chiang Kai-shek moved into the Chateau after the ROC government moved to Taiwan. His retinue lived in the four subsidiary buildings around the Chateau.
Chiang held the first large-scale meetings at Grass Mountain Chateau, inviting members of the Kuomintang Central Standing Committee to report on military and diplomatic affairs.
Chiang and his wife spent their first Chinese New Year in Grass Mountain Chateau after coming to Taiwan.
Chiang and his wife moved out of Grass Mountain Chateau after the Shilin Residence was completed. The Chateau later became a summer resort for Chiang where he received distinguished guests. Many important system reforms, discussions and policy decisions were made right here.
To make the most use of the vacant space, the Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government has had the building renovated twice under the premise of keeping the original layout unchanged.
The Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government originally planned to use Grass Mountain Chateau as an art salon.
The Chateau has been declared a historic building by the Taipei City Historic Relics and Buildings Committee and was registered as a historic building formally named “Grass Mountain Chateau”.
The Department of Cultural Affairs, Taipei City Government entrusted Fo Guang College of Humanities and Social Sciences to operate the Chateau. The building was officially opened to the public on April 5, 2003. Various projects such as an artist-in-residency plan and all kinds of exhibitions have transformed it into a venue for culture and art events.
Devoured by fire one night in 2007, the precious eighty-seven year-old historic site and relics of Grass Mountain Chateau were reduced to ashes. The main building was completely destroyed, with only the front door, red-brick wall and a statue of Chiang Kai-shek remaining.
The restoration of Grass Mountain Chateau aims to restore the historic scene, with a conscientious and careful attitude toward textual research to examine related historical data. Traditional construction methods were followed and the project lasted a year and four months before completion.
After being restored from the fire, Grass Mountain Chateau has now reopened to the public as an art salon located within Taiwan’s mountainous trails that combines culture, art, ecology and life aesthetics, and unveils a new milestone for Grass Mountain Chateau.