The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo was designed by the great American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) and completed in 1923. On its opening day, the Great Kantō Earthquake attacked it, but the building was scarcely hurt. It had since been visited by innumerable foreign celebrities and was one of the most renowned hotels in the world. After the Pacific War, it was for some years used as the abode for the U.S. Occupation Army. It was dismantled in 1965 in order to clear the site for the new high-rise hotel. Once the project was announced, a world-wide campaign for the preservation started. As the result, the Meiji-Mura was requested to rebuild its Entrance Hall and Lobby, with the pond in the forecourt.


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