The Yodoko Guest House in Ashiya, Hyogo, reopened to the public on February 16 after undergoing two years of intensive repairs and restoration work.
This is the only surviving Wright-designed residence in Japan that has remained in largely original condition. The house has a total floor area of 542 sqm (5,832 sq.ft) and sits on over an acre of land.
The 4-storey, reinforced concrete home was completed in 1924 as a summer residence for sake brewer Tazaemon Yamamura. It sits on a hilltop position in wealthy Ashiya City, with views over Osaka Bay. In 1947 it was sold to Yodogawa Steel Works and used by the company president. In 1989 the company opened it up to the public.
If anyone is curious as to how much it costs to restore a Frank Lloyd Wright home in Japan, it’s somewhere around 330 million Yen (approx. 3 million USD).
Repair work began in October 2016 and took two years. The house required repairs to fix roof leaks, weathering to the exterior Oya stone block details, marble flooring, and repainting.
The house is open to the public. Opening hours and details can be viewed here: https://www.yodoko.co.jp/geihinkan/index_e.html
The Sankei Shimbun, February 14, 2019.
The Kobe Shimbun, February 14, 2019.
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