Former president Yen Chia-Kan’s Residence

 Address:Geographical location : No.2, Sec. 2, Chongqing S. Rd., Zhongzheng Dist, Taipei City Longitude : 121.512560397629, Latitude : 25.0343693545883
 Subject:AssetClassification : Historic Monument, AssetsLevel : National Historic Monument, Asset Type : House and Mansion



The residence for former president Yen Chia-Kan was originally a dwelling for the vice chairperson of the Bank of Taiwan during the Japanese colonial period. It is a western -style 2-story house, adjacent by a Japanese -style building added on the east side built in between 1911 (the 44th year of Emperor Meiji) and 1912 (the 1st year of Emperor Taisho). And between 1912 and 1925, one more Japanese-style building was built on the west side. This residential compound mixed with Western and Japanese architectural styles is what we are seeing today. Mr. Yen took up his post as special commissioner at the Ministry of Transportation, and at the same time, headed the Department of Transportation under the Office of the Taiwan Provincial Administrative Officers. Among the many important posts he held, he was also appointed head of the Department of Finance. On May 11, 1946, Mr. Yen moved into this house; in the same year, he was appointed as the first chairperson of the Bank of Taiwan, following Taiwan’s retrocession. In 1975, Yen succeeded Chiang Kai-Shek as the ROC president upon Chiang’s death. Yen lived in this house before passing away on December 24, 1993. The simple yet elegant furnishing seen in the house is well kept, along with those precious documents, collections, and housewares left by former President Yen. All of these memorabilia have created an ambiance of rich artistic and humanistic presence.