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The Imperial Hotel (帝国ホテル, teikoku hoteru) is a hotel in Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda ward, Tokyo. It was created in the late 1880s at the request of the Japanese aristocracy to cater to the increasing number of Western visitors to Japan.
Frank Lloyd Wright came to Tokyo in January, 1913, for some 4 months to check the site and prepare preliminary drawings, and in 1916 an executive from the hotel company visited Wright's studio at Taliesin to review the designs for approval by the hotel Board of Directors. Wright returned to Japan in 1917 and construction started in November of 1918.
The Imperial Hotel was a complex building that took months of planning and displayed many intricate decorative details. Wright developed his vision of a hotel that would provide the visitor with a host of visual delight and would be a comfortable place to stay.
Finally, in 1968, the Wright masterpiece was demolished and replaced by a gleaming, ultra-modern four-star edifice. All that remains of the “Wright” Imperial nowadays is the hotel’s front facade, preserved today at Meiji Mura, the outdoor architectural museum near Nagoya that hosts a large collection of Meiji era architectural art.
The Imperial Hotel is the most well-known of the 14 buildings that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Japan – the only country outside of America where he lived and worked.
The Imperial Hotel itself would be demolished in 1968 to make way for a new, larger hotel. Portions of Wright’s Imperial Hotel were saved and rebuilt at The Meiji-mura open-air architecture museum in Inuyama, near Nagoya.
An Imperial Story Founded in the year 1890 at the direction of the Imperial Palace, Tokyo's legendary Imperial Hotel boasts a history as colorful and dramatic as contemporary Japan itself. From its very first days, the Imperial has introduced into Japan the very latest in Western technologies, culture and traditions of hospitality.
Imperial Hotel, Tokyo - Wikipedia The second Imperial Hotel was built from 1919–1923, and officially opened on 1 September 1923. This hotel was the best-known of Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings in Japan.
Wright’s dramatic Mayan Revival-style Imperial Hotel survived two events that flattened large portions of Tokyo: 1923’s Great Kantō Earthquake and the American bombing of the city during ...
The expansion of Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel was meant to signal Japan’s modernity by displaying its ties to the West. To that end, Wright was hired to create a hybrid of Japanese and Western architecture.