The original mayor’s mansion was the resident of Matsuura (松浦), which was built around year 7 of Showa (1932) of emperor Hirohito of Japan. It is a villa located at Keelung suburbs with a bird’s eye view of Dashawan beach and Asahi-ga-oka (旭岡丘) seashore. The mansion was once belonged to Matsuura Sinpei (まつうらしんぺい) (松浦新平), who used it as a social gathering meeting place to expand his business and political network. It was a showcase of local elites’ living preference at the time.
After the war, the mansion became the residence of Keelung mayors Bocui Deng (鄧伯粹), Hsieh Kuan-I (謝貫一), and Lin Fan-Wang (林番王) respectively. During which time, it displayed the transformation of Japanese seiza living style to Chinese chair-sitting style. These style changes constitute a chapter of Keelung local government history. After the phrase of living separation, the house became a crucial clue for studying the history of Keeling housing and land development, urban development, and local political development.
In terms of architecture styles, apart from the traditional Japanese style of shadow space arrangement such as tako (以床) and engawa (緣側), the contrast of room allocation between washitsu and western style, the difference between carriage entrance and central washitsu roofs, the layout of central corridor, and the application of construction materials such as washed pebbles, glazed bricks and crystal glasses, all these witness the reshaping process of a Japanese academic building in response to meeting the challenges of modern needs.
The mansion also showed the changing of appearance influenced by Keelung regional characteristics, for example, the interior location, the allocation of engawa, the installation of shoji glass (玻璃障子), the combinations of inawashiro (寄棟式) and kirizuma gable roofs (切妻式), and the balcony overlooking the ocean view. With the potential of over viewing the seashore landscape and mountain scenery, the refurbishment of this historical mansion represents a significant breakthrough of the sustainable development of Keelung Harbor.
No.261, Zhongzheng Rd., Zhongzheng Dist., Keelung City 202, Taiwan (R.O.C.)