Beitou 北投文物館

Beitou 北投文物館

Historic architecture in situ

-About this building-

Elegant and Placid – A Japanese house by partial western style

The "Kazan Hotel" in 1921 (the 10 th year of Taisho) was erected on the cliff in Beitou with beautiful-scenery and was operated by the Yoshita family from Japan. In the early stage of operation, the hotel was originally a Japanese single-storey building with hot springs, lodging, and cuisine. (At the entrance of present Beitou Museum still keeps a rock inscribed "北投佳山" (Beitou Kazan).

When the new building was completed in 1939, the main construction of Kazan Hotel (around 270 Ping, about 891㎡) became a much more integral layout of high-class hot springs hotel. From the constructive materials, space-planning and the selection of alcove post to the detail-designing of wooden window frames and carved-patterned transom were all delicate and dainty. On the 1st floor, a hot springs bathing pool and a relatively fashionable western-styled reception room were particularly added. Each room in the Kazan Hotel was equipped with a family-used "furo" Grand Room which could contain around 100 people and was provided for the uses of holding banquets, family gatherings, business meetings or weddings. A space of the performance stage was also set in the Grand Room to provide entertainment and other functions for the guests. Because Kazan Hotel was equipped with new and popular multi-functioned facilities, it became the most fashionable two-storey single wooden construction among other hot springs constructions in Beitou in the Japanese domination period.