Ueno Bldg. (Former Wakamatsu Branch Office of Mitsubishi Limited Partnership) main bldg., storehouse, former analysis office, etc.)
Ueno Bldg. (Former Wakamatsu Branch Office of Mitsubishi Limited Partnership) is located on a coastal road overlooking Wakato Bridge. It was designated a registered tangible cultural property on March 29, 2013. Mitsubishi Limited Partnership moved its company office to Wakamatsu because of railroad development and its purchase of coalfields in Chikuho, and constructed this building in 1913. The architect was Katsuya Yasuoka , who had been the head of the architectural office within Mitsubishi Maru. It was constructed by Shimizu Gumi. The main building is a 3-story construction of slag brick. The 1st-floor entrance of the building standing today was added on later. Since the highest floor has also been remodeled, the original design remains around the windows and walls that have not been mendedrenovated. While the exterior is simple and dignified with regularly spaced tall windows, the interior has an expansive center atrium. It features a gorgeous design using ornamented handrails and stained glass. The storehouse is a 2-story brick structure. Mitsubishi’s company emblem is on the gable of the gabled roof. While simple, it is a solid structure showing the engineering standards of the brick storehouses at that time. Also, the former analysis office is a wooden, 1-story building with walls that have sealed pillars to fit in with the brick architecture ofn the compound. The retaining walls are tiled with scratch-faced tile. In Wakamatsu, which developed as a shipping port for coal since long ago, sales of coal and the transportation industry grew due to port and railroad development that began in the late 1800s. It dynamically grew as a port city. As the port developed, head offices/branch offices and trading offices of companies related to coal and transportation were established facing the wharf, and a streetscape of various modern architecture formed in the neighborhood. The current owner, Ueno Shipping Co., Ltd. bought the building in 1969. While it maintains its original appearance even today, the 1st floor is used as the Ueno Shipping office, and the 2nd and 3rd floors house tenants that include a café and a design firm. Among the Western-style structures standing in Wakamatsu now, Ueno Bldg. is a raren office building whose date of construction and designer are known. The existence today of tThis group of buildings, which is comprised of the office, analysis office, and storehouse, were once used to carry out a series of functions related to the sale of coal, and is an important part of the region’s industrial heritage.
Address：1-10-17 Hon-machi, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture
Fee : Free
Other/Notifications：The office area is closed to viewing.
Category: Constituent cultural properties
Genre: Story 3