Imperial Hotel

Tokyo, Japan 

Demolished 1968

The Disappointed Tourist: Imperial Hotel, Ellen Harvey, 2021. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel building replaced an earlier wooden building by Yuzuru Watanabe from 1880. Wright’s hotel was one of the earliest examples of Mayan Revival, an architectural style that was inspired by pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures. The building was completed in 1923. It survived the 1923 Great Kantō Earthquake, and the American atomic bombing of the city during World War II. It was demolished in 1976 to make way for a new, modern high-rise hotel building. The main lobby of the hotel was dismantled and rebuilt in the Meiji-mura Museum Village. The painting is based on an old uncredited postcard.

Requested by Anon.