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The stately Baroque style Red-Brick Office has pride of place at the main entrance to the Tsung-Yeh Arts and Cultural Center. The minimalistic, austere design of the rectangular red-brick building is said to be a fitting symbol of the Meiji Sugar Manufacturing Company’s business ethos, known for its strict and conservative management and operations.

Initially, the red-brick office served as the headquarters and showroom for the Meiji Sugar Manufacturing Company to oversee operations of the eight Meiji sugar production centers in Taiwan. After the new Nationalist government consolidated the four large Japanese Sugar companies into the state-run Taiwan Sugar Corporation, it became the office of the Taiwan Sugar Company.

It presently serves as an exhibition hall for art and culture exhibits with a focus on innovative crafts following renovations that restored the office to its original splendor.  With the exquisite attention to detail that went into the construction of the building, it is indeed a fitting host.

The building is composed of a two-storey structure for offices to the west joined to a one-story showroom wing in the east. The wooden truss roof is supported by the load bearing brick body of the building. Designed for optimal lighting and natural ventilation, many of the south and north facing windows on the showroom walls can be opened. The counterweights in the glass windows demonstrate the building’s refined attention to detail. Also note the fine woodwork of the veranda at the main entrance and stairway in the front corridor. Dormers and a parapet with the logo “MS” (Meiji Sugar) in the original structure have succumbed to the vagaries of time and no longer exist but, overall, the original materials and style of the building have been preserved.

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