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Renovation of Taiwan famed mansion to be finished

08-03-2011 10:11 BJT

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27 years in the making and costing some 45 million US dollars, the renovation of a 150-year-old homestead in Wufong township, Taichung City of Taiwan, is finally nearing completion. The homestead shines a light on traditional domestic architecture and design at its most opulent.

The Lin family mansion is one of Taiwan's most important historical sites, providing a crucial link to the ornate architectural style favored by southern Chinese grandees during the waning years of the Qing dynasty.

The mansion and garden consisted of five courtyards and 108 rooms, and was characterized by elaborately painted and meticulously carved doors, with pillars extending up to the ceilings.

The main reception area was adorned by fading portraits, beautiful calligraphic scrolls and other high end works of art. A central element in the residence was an exquisite theatre and a grand banquet hall, which served as the center of the Lin family's social life.

Now, all of this has been painstakingly restored.

The Lin family mansion is one of Taiwan's most important historical sites, providing a crucial link to the ornate architectural style favored by southern Chinese grandees during the waning years of the Qing dynasty.

Hsieh Jen-fang, historian, said, "This is the best and the largest traditional courtyard house complex on Taiwan island, but the major problem for it is that this wooden mansion could be damaged quickly if it is left exposed to the sun and rain. So, we would want to preserve the mansion and then open it to public."

The project has been a painstaking process, with workmen facing the challenge of returning the original to its former glory. Historians are proud of all the work on the complex, saying the restoration has helped preserve an important regional style of architecture and design.

With only one guesthouse's renovation work left to be done, the Lin Family Mansion and Garden is scheduled to be open to the public by the end of 2011.

 

 

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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