Surrounded by the greenery and water of Nakanoshima, Osaka, the Osaka City Central Public Hall is a retro building used as a place for culture, art, and social activities, and is also a symbol of Osaka City along with the castle tower of Osaka Castle.
The building is a steel-framed brick building with 3 floors above ground and 1 floor below ground.
It is based on the Neo-Renaissance style, but has a baroque grandeur, and the Viennese Secession style is also incorporated in the details.
It features an arched roof and ceiling paintings and mural paintings in a special room where the creation of the heavens and earth was drawn by the Western-style painter Matsuoka Hisashi.
The construction was completed in 1918, and the construction cost of 1 million yen (currently 5 billion yen) was donated by Einosuke Iwamoto, a stock broker at the time.
The designers are Shinichiro Okada and Kingo Tatsuno, who represented the architectural world of the Meiji era.
The renovation work was completed in 2002, and it was revived as it was when it was completed for the first time in 80 years.
The retro architecture of the red brick was highly evaluated and was designated as an important cultural property of the first country in western Japan.
The “large meeting room”, which was once visited by social welfare artist Helen Keller and Soviet astronaut Gagarin, is now used as a venue for lectures and concerts, as well as “Nakanoshima Social” on the first basement floor. At Eat Awake, you can relax and enjoy your meal in a classic and modern atmosphere.
I introduced it briefly, but when you actually come to the site, you can experience the history and tradition more concretely with the locals.
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