RECONSTRUCTION OF THE MAIN BUILDING OF KUMAMOTO JUNIOR COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY
Journal of Architecture and Planning (Transactions of AIJ)
College of Technology was founded in 1906 and its main building was built of wood in 1908. It was one of the first western style buildings in modern Kumamoto and played an important role in the history of architectural westernization of the local town in Kyushu. Although there was preserved no drawing of the building, the authors could reconstruct its precise plan and elevation with the analysis of its remaining old simple single-lined plan drawn in 1919-20 and old photographs in several school
... s in several school albums. The building was symmetrical with wings on both ends, twin towers in the middle and mansard roof. The exterior was decorated with rich ornaments as small pediments and arches on the windows, the roof at the main entrance supported by Tuscan style pillars and scrolled arms, fluted parastrades on the corner of the walls, and so forth. Its layout -lecture rooms on the north side and the corridor on the south -was exceptional compared with other schools at that time which were planned by architectural section of the Ministry of Education. The architect was Jirokichi Oota who worked as an engineer of the Ministry of Education. Thus, the present study cleared a part of architectural history of early modern Kumamoto.