Architectural Drawings by Josiah Conder, Important Cultural Property (Dep. Eng.)
In 1877, a young British architect Josiah Conder (1852-1920) came to Japan as a foreign specialist invited by the government. He taught at Kobudaigakko (Imperial College of Engineering; currently Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo) and was engaged in many national architecture projects such as Rokumeikan and Ueno Museum. In 1888, he started an architectural design office of his own and showed his talent in designing residences for upper class families. Examples of his masterpieces include Iwasaki Residence in Kayamachi and Mitsui Villa in Tsunamachi.
Kyoto University holds many architectural drawings by Josiah Conder. They are finely detailed and beautifully colored and, with their historical and artistic value, were designated as important cultural properties in 2006.