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Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel

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Daryl Johnson (Worcester Park, United Kingdom) on 1 May 2010 in Architecture.

The most famous building in the Meiji Mura open-air museum is this surviving piece of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel, built in Tokyo in 1923. The hotel was demolished in the 1960s, but the entrance lobby was relocated to the park. It's an amazing structure, and I'm so pleased to have been able to visit one of Lloyd Wright's most famous creations.

I apologise in advance if I'm tardy with commenting on your blogs or returning comments during the week... I will get to you though!

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Thanks for sharing this interesting and wonderful picture and the background information, Daryl... This building is an eyecatcher for sure! Greetings, have a nice weekend... :)

1 May 2010 4:23pm

@Magrat: Cheers Magrat!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

In answer to your Response on my earlier Comment, yes, I spent some time going thru the website and searching around . . this, too, is a wonderful piece of history. Thanks for the sharing here.

1 May 2010 5:23pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you Ronnie!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That is a very cool building and shot. I've been to Taliesin West near Phoenix, AZ. It's cool, too.

1 May 2010 6:12pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks Steve. I visited Oak Park in the mid-90s, and saw some of FLW's buildings there, including a tour around his home. I also used to live near this example of his buildings in Japan... http://digitalguff.aminus3.com/image/2007-02-27.html

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

This still has some Japanese elements but is a wonderful building of the architect. I envy your visit. Great photo of a fascinating subject.

1 May 2010 10:34pm

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Thanks Phil!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Well,well....THIS is SOMETHING to see!!! Of course I know about his genius and his works, both in America and here and the influence Japanese architecture and culture had on his art. He was one of the greatest collectors and dealers in ukiyo-e (for instance)......but I did not know much about the man, just what his biography presents. So, by utter chance, I came across a book by T.Coraghessan BOYLE - THE WOMEN - based on Wright's private life, Wright the man. I recommend it warmly! It's a mind opener!
He made 5 trips to Japan, between 1917 and 1922, all of them closely linked with the building of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. When the Kanto earthquake struck in 1923, the Hotel stood among the rabble, but it cannot be said that it was not damaged....which finally led to its demolishion in the sixties.

2 May 2010 5:07am

@Japanalia: I do love his buildings. I was lucky enough to visit his former residence in Oak Park, Illinois, in the mid-90s, and saw some of his buildingsin the neighbourhood, including a tour around his home. I also used to live near this example of his buildings in Japan... http://digitalguff.aminus3.com/image/2007-02-27.html

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Well photographed.

2 May 2010 8:12pm

@António Pires: Thanks António!