Rare 90 year old house in Chiyoda-ku to be demolished

The 90 year old Kashiwayama Residence in Kanda-Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, is going to be demolished soon due to deterioration and redevelopment. The sheet copper house dates from the Taisho era. It survived the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 and the air raids during WWII.

The 3-storey wooden-frame house has a sheet copper facade and a European-style mansard roof. The 1st floor was a small shop, while the owner lived on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The 85 year old owner, Kazuko Kashiwayama, began living here in 1949. In those days, a 3-storey home was rare, and coupled with its modern exterior, it stood out in the neighborhood. When the war had ended, times were very difficult for many residents and quite often people would pinch a copper tile or two from the facade.

The owner decided to demolish to join with neighbors who were making way for a redevelopment of the area, but will be sad to leave the home she has enjoyed for so many years.

From September 10 ~ 12, university students will be holding a farewell event which will include a tour of the home. The event will run each day from 11am to 5pm. From 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday, the house will be illuminated and Mrs. Kashiwayama will give an informal speech. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The event page is here.


1-5, Sudacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
1 min walk from Kanda Station (Exit 6), or 4 min walk from Akihabara Station.

Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun, September 8, 2012.

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