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Monday, July 04, 2016

Ehrismann Mansion

エリスマン邸

Ehrismann Mansion is located in the historic Bluff/Yamate district of Yokohama.

Ehrismann Mansion was designed by the famous Czech-American architect Antonin Raymond (1888-1972), a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright, as a residence for Swiss businessman Fritz Ehrismann in 1926. Ehrismann was the manager of an import/export business, exporting Japanese silk to Europe and importing Swiss watches and medical products to Japan.

Ehrismann Mansion, The Bluff, Yokohama.


Antonin Raymond was the architect of a number of other projects in Japan including the Nanzan University campus in Nagoya, the wooden St. Alban's Church in Tokyo and the Gunma Music Center in Takasaki. The building was part of the redevelopment of The Bluff following the devastating 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake.

The residence is built in the American colonial style with white clapboard and green shutters. The clapboard is vertical on the first floor and horizontal on the upper floor. Ehrismann was in residence until 1940 when he passed away.

The house is used for a variety of special events and is decorated over the Christmas period.

Ehrismann Mansion has a number of exhibits in its interior and a tearoom/cafe on the first floor.

Ehrismann Mansion
1-77-4, Motomachi, Naka-ku, Yokohama, 231-0861
Tel: 045 211 1101

Admission: Free
Hours: 9.30am-5.00pm; July, August 9.30am-6.00pm; Closed on every 2nd Wednesday (open if a national holiday), and the New Year holidays.
Access: The nearest stations are Motomachi-Chukagai Station on the Minatomirai Line and Ishikawacho Station on the JR Keihin Tohoku Negishi Line.

Other attractions in the Yamate/Bluff area of Yokohama include Christ Church, the Yokohama Foreigners' Cemetery, the British House Yokohama, the Museum of Tin Toys and the Yamate Museum of Tennis. The Ehrismann Residence is very close to Berrick Hall.

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