李乾朗 繪製

 

臺北市文獻委員會 典藏

 

臺北市文獻委員會 典藏

 

臺北市文獻委員會 典藏

 

臺北市文獻委員會 典藏
The Red House-A Century of Stories and Blessings

From its completion in 1908 to today, Red House has witnessed the Qing Dynasty, the Japanese occupation of Taiwan, and the Republic of China. Coming under influences from Japan, Shanghai and Western cultures, it has served as a market for wealthy residents, a gathering site for various Chinese cultural industries, and a window to the ideological trends of Western civilizations. It has been a melting pot of the culture, business and history of Taipei, and possesses a style and significance that is avant-garde, modern, novel and diverse.

 

Searching the past, we see that Red House has been a meeting point for Japanese, Chinese and Western cultures. It has evolved along with the Ximen area over time, and as a center for entertainment for people of all ages, it serves as a window on Taiwan culture. In its early days, it imported and created fashions and was a source of economic activity, serving as a main focal point for Taiwan’s business development. Looking to the future, Red House represents a coexistence and pride found in its mixture of old and new, in which history, culture and business merge. It is a landmark that will supersede even its own glorious past.

 

 

 

 

The Red House-Beautiful History

 

1882 Taipei City Walls begins construction; graveyard outside of Ximen Wall is expanded.

1885 Liu Mingchuan comes to Taiwan; people begin congregating to buy goods in the new market.
1895 Japanese come to Taiwan.
1900 City wall torn apart to create new buildings.
1908 Ximen Market’s Red House is completed. Ximending becomes a center for Japanese living in Taipei, a flourishing area filled with fashions and goods. It also becomes an entertainment center for Wanhua, Dadaocheng and Chengnei, as well serving as a model city for the Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere.
1945 Japanese lose WWII and the KMT take control of Taiwan. Large numbers of people immigrate to the city, propelling Red House into its golden age. Huyuan Peking Opera, storytelling and stage plays become a comfort to new residents.
1963 Western thought becomes fashionable. Red House Theater cinema opens, showing black-and-white martial art epics, older Western movies and Chinese films set in ancient times. With cheap all-day tickets, the theater is very popular with young people, so that watching movies at Red House Theater becomes a memory shared by all students from this time.
1990 The shops in Red House stay open in the unlicensed building. As Taipei develops to the East, this area becomes neglected.
1994 Dream of Red House event becomes a turning point in the revitalization of the area.
1997 Red House is announced as a Class III Historical Landmark and close down.
2000 Fire burns the cross tower and unlicensed shops in the Cross Building and North-South Plaza; reconstruction becomes the start of a new era for Red House.
2002 The Paper Windmill Arts and Educational Foundation assumed the daunting task of renovating the century-old Red House Theater.
Nov. 2007 The Taipei Culture Foundation was commissioned to operate The Red House; later, it was transformed into a must-visit landmark in the tourist-packed Ximending.
2008 The centenarian Red House was named the Best Historical Site Revitalization Project at the 7th Taipei Urban Landscape Awards.
2009 The Red House welcomed its 4 millionth visitor after taking over the management of both Taipei Cinema Park and street performers in the Ximending Pedestrian Area. The graffiti wall in Taipei Cinema Park was declared a silver medalist winner in the Public Open Space category of The Face of Taipei City Award.
2010 The Red House Tea Shop began operations as an independent dining space, with the newly introduced Cradle of Cultural Creative Dreamer lending a refreshing touch of arts to the entire building. The Urban Show Case was unveiled as part of the Taipei Cinema Park, and the first XIMEN BACKSTREET FESTIVAL opened amid fanfare.
2011 A “Red House Lantern” launched as part of the Taipei Lantern Festival-Public Art of Taipei for 2011 sparked much enthusiasm. The CINEMArket kicked off in the Taipei Cinema Park to raise awareness of community empowerment as well as environmental protection.
2012 To preserve the local heritage and enhance opportunities for creativity, the independent crafts marketplace of the Red House was expanded into a neighborhood extravaganza under the theme of “Halloween Parade, Ximending Style.” The 3rd XIMEN BACKSTREET FESTIVAL took place to coincide with a joint exhibition that highlighted the cultural diversity of Ximending.
2013 The Red House, a well-experienced organizer of creative markets, will launch the “Goodsmarket for Art and Craft” at the iconic, groundbreaking Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in a multi-venue, cross-regional partnership. The new marketplace will offer an alternative platform for artistic pursuits, cultural and creative incubation efforts, original craftsmanship, and cross-sector collaborations for artists, in addition to the Red House.
2014 To preserve the local heritage and enhance opportunities for creativity, the independent crafts marketplace of the Red House was expanded into a neighborhood extravaganza under the theme of “Halloween Parade, Ximending Style.” The 3rd XIMEN BACKSTREET FESTIVAL took place to coincide with a joint exhibition that highlighted the cultural diversity of Ximending.
2015 The Creative Boutique, a creative business incubator, received a makeover in a nod to its predecessor of a century ago — Taiwan’s first marketplace and grocery bazaar. The revamped Creative Boutique provides local cultural & creative labels with retail spaces in an aesthetically unique mall setting in Taipei’s west end.

 

 

 

 

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