Conservationists tried to cease the demolition, however to no avail, and the proprietor can’t be fined, because the construction was not listed as a historic constructing
By Yang Hsin-hui
and William Hetherington / Workers reporter, with workers author
One of many few remaining Japanese colonial-era granaries in Taiwan was dismantled by its proprietor on Friday, prompting outrage from conservationists.
The granary, which was at No. 16, Lane 11, Hangzhou S Rd Sec 1 in Taipei, belonged to Taiwan Takushoku Corp in the course of the colonial period, conservationist Chang Wan-lin (張琬琳) mentioned, including that she and others had been accumulating info to reapply to have the constructing protected as a historic construction.
Throughout the colonial period, the granary served the world from Monga (艋舺) to what’s now Songshan District (松山) within the north, she mentioned.
Photograph courtesy of the Taipei Metropolis Authorities Division of Cultural Affairs
“Again then the japanese a part of Taipei was principally fields. There was a have to retailer grain, so that they constructed the granary near the route used for transporting rice,” she mentioned. “That constructing informed the story of what life was like again then. It’s a disgrace it was destroyed.”
Following the dismantlement of the granary, New Energy Occasion Taipei Metropolis Councilor Meredith Huang (黃郁芬) mentioned she contacted town’s Division of Cultural Affairs, which mentioned it dispatched division Director Lai Yu-wen (賴郁雯) and different officers to the positioning.
Conservationists on the web site pleading with staff to not tear down the constructing had been ignored, Huang mentioned.
About solely 20 Japanese-era granaries stay in Taiwan, Nationwide Taipei College of Enterprise assistant professor and cultural heritage conservationist Hsiao Wen-chieh (蕭文杰) mentioned on Saturday.
“In Taipei, the one ones remaining are the one in Beitou District (北投) and the one in Songshan District,” he mentioned.
The division ought to have taken extra forceful motion towards the property proprietor and the contractor employed to dismantle the granary, Huang mentioned, including that it didn’t difficulty provisional recognition of the constructing’s historic standing to halt its destruction.
Officers deliberated the granary’s standing in 2017, however decided it to be too altered from its unique look to have historic worth, Lai mentioned, including that she requested staff to halt dismantling the constructing, however they proceeded anyway.
No fines could possibly be issued, because the constructing was not categorised as a historic property, she added.
Feedback will probably be moderated. Preserve feedback related to the article. Remarks containing abusive and obscene language, private assaults of any form or promotion will probably be eliminated and the consumer banned. Remaining resolution will probably be on the discretion of the Taipei Instances.