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posted 2014/4/15 下午 03:06:39

●The Former Residence Building for the Governor of Tainan Prefecture
When the construction started in 1900, the Residence design consisted in two buildings: one Japanese, and another one of Western style. The section of the Historic Site open to the public is the main building, which is the Western style building. The Japanese style building is not fully restored yet. An underground air-raid shelter was built after 1936 behind this building. The current building was partially rebuilt after WWII, and was briefly used by the Taiwan Salt General Office and local Land Office. During the 1980s, it was used as the headquarter for Civil Defense and District Office, and a cooperative supermarket for government employees was added in front of the building. It was declared a Municipal Historic Site only in 1998.
The Governor Residence is a two-storey building, with the style of a typical English colonial building in Southeast Asia. It sits on the east side and faces west, with arcade around the building, which extends out in the middle and two sides of the building, forming an octagonal shape. The extrusion on arcade and its pillars are covered with bricks. A very exquisite relief decorates the handrail of the wooden staircase indoors. The wooden covers of the window and door curtains are of a style rarely seen in this period. Above the entrance in the middle of building there was a bulging circular pediment, but later it was damaged, and currently there is a simple triangular gable in place.
 
●The Oldest Remaining "Ridgepole Sign" in Taiwan
 
"Ridgepole Sign" is a plate placed on the ridgepole of the house during the ceremony of "Placing of Ridgepole", where relevant information such as name of the building, time of placing of ridgepole, owner, designer and architect, is stated. It is the ID card for a Japanese building. The Governor's Residence ridgepole sign, dated 1900, is the oldest one found in Taiwan.