Photo of USTDC courtesy of Les Duffin

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Yangminshan Housing Restoration

Jenny Lee and her group have worked very hard to save and restore as many Bank of Taiwan (BOT) houses as they can.  The last I heard, many of these homes that were occupied by American military folks are being considered for demolition, which means that these historical structures will be gone forever.

She recently sent me links to some photographs of their work, including some amazing photos that show what a couple of them looked like before restoration began.  Here are some examples:

Quarters F208B in 2009:

Many additional before and after photographs of F208B can be found here.

Here is an image of one of the quarters as it appeared years ago.  Judging from the furniture style, I would guess probably sometime in the 1950s or early 1960s:

Here is a photo of quarters F207A after restoration.  Jenny has tried to simulate the way it may have appeared in the 1950s.  Amazing, isn't it?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow! Jenny has put in a lot of work and done great things with that house. It's nice to know at least one of these venerable old homes is in good hands and won't be destroyed. BTW, it's clear from the photos that the layout of Jenny's house is exactly the same as our BOT house in Tienmu all those years ago.
Thanks for the photos and for yet another trip down memory lane.