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Frank Lloyd Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright.

Preliminary elevation drawing.

Preliminary elevation drawing.

Preliminary bird's eye drawing.

Preliminary bird's eye drawing.

Under construction circa 1918.

Under construction circa 1918.

Carved volcanic stone embellishment.

Carved volcanic stone embellishment.

Part of an Oya stone peacock wall surface.

Part of an Oya stone peacock wall surface.

Slabs of Oya stone.

Slabs of Oya stone.

Stylistic contrasts of the time.

Stylistic contrasts of the time.

Wright relaxing.

Wright relaxing.

An Early Showa era brochure cover.

An Early Showa era brochure cover.

Lotus pond and Porte cochere.

Lotus pond and Porte cochere.

A Woodblock winter scene.

A Woodblock winter scene.

A rare nighttime depiction.

A rare nighttime depiction.

Formal facade.

Formal facade.

Movies were shown on the roof top Cafe before WWⅡ.

Movies were shown on the roof top Cafe before WWⅡ.

On a prewar Christmas card.

On a prewar Christmas card.

Opulently patterned, multi-level main lobby.

Opulently patterned, multi-level main lobby.

Brick, terracotta tiles and carved Volcanic Blocks.

Brick, terracotta tiles and carved Volcanic Blocks.

Rays of sunshine, main lobby.

Rays of sunshine, main lobby.

Postwar promenade.

Postwar promenade.

Prewar promenade.

Prewar promenade.

Oya stone fireplace

Oya stone fireplace

Part of the spectacular Peacock Room

Part of the spectacular Peacock Room

Gilt frescoes, the Peacock Room.

Gilt frescoes, the Peacock Room.

Set for dinner, the Peacock Room.

Set for dinner, the Peacock Room.

The Main Dining Room.

The Main Dining Room.

Massive Oya stone brackets, the Main Dining Room.

Massive Oya stone brackets, the Main Dining Room.

Suite, 1920s.

Suite, 1920s.

Imperial cuisiniers

Imperial cuisiniers

The hotel barbershop

The hotel barbershop

A banquet for the cancelled 1940’s Tokyo Olympics, Peacock Room.

A banquet for the cancelled 1940’s Tokyo Olympics, Peacock Room.

Postwar occupation era shopping.

Postwar occupation era shopping.

Occupation personnel in the acquisitioned postwar Imperial.

Occupation personnel in the acquisitioned postwar Imperial.

A postwar dance party.

A postwar dance party.

Note the orchestra on the Mezzanine.

Note the orchestra on the Mezzanine.

Marilyn Monroe greets crowds from her room in the hotel, 1953.

Marilyn Monroe greets crowds from
her room in the hotel, 1953.

A luggage sticker.

A luggage sticker.

Menu from 1930s shows Zeppelin arriving in Japan, in Ukiyoe style.

Menu from 1930s shows Zeppelin arriving in Japan, in Ukiyoe style.

Dinner menu.

Dinner menu.

Menu from rooftop cinema cafe.

Menu from rooftop cinema cafe.

Wright motifs adorn menu

Wright motifs adorn menu

A menu cover from a hotel dining room.

A menu cover from a hotel dining room.

A Menu Cover from a Hotel Dining Room.

A Menu Cover from a Hotel Dining Room.

A menu from The Prunier seafood specialty restaurant.

A menu from The Prunier seafood specialty restaurant.

Grill Room and Prunier Restaurant signs, Wright Imperial.

Grill Room and Prunier Restaurant signs, Wright Imperial.

The Grill Room featured steaks and meats.

The Grill Room featured steaks and meats.

Matches and soaps from the 1923 Imperial Hotel.

Matches and soaps from the 1923 Imperial Hotel.

THE OLD IMPERIAL BAR

THE OLD IMPERIAL BAR

THE OLD IMPERIAL BAR

THE OLD IMPERIAL BAR

THE OLD IMPERIAL BAR

THE OLD IMPERIAL BAR

THE OLD IMPERIAL BAR

IMPERIAL HOTEL circa 1923.

STANDING FROM 1923 TO 1968,
THE SECOND GENERATION IMPERIAL HOTEL
OPENED ON SEPTEMBER 1ST, 1923
THE DAY OF THE GREAT KANTO EARTHQUAKE.

Frank Lloyd Wright came to Tokyo in January, 1913, for
some 4 months to check the site and prepare preliminary
drawings, and in 1916 an executive from the hotel company
visited Wright's studio at Taliesin to review the designs for
approval by the hotel Board of Directors. Wright
returned to Japan in 1917 and construction started in
November of 1918. Over 700 drawings were said to
have been created for the project.

Slabs of Oya stone ready to be put in place.

A new star in central Tokyo, circa 1923.

The carpeted main entrance and stairs to the lobby and front desk.

After the shadows of wartime, postwar celebrations.

A menu from the 1923 Wright Imperial.

The unusual architectural history of this landmark
Tokyo hotel is for our guests and visitors to savor
throughout their stays with us. Accommodations
in the crisply renovated Tower, for example,
incorporate numerous original artwork
inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Created in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright
Foundation at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Imperial's one-of a- kind Frank Lloyd Wright
Suite boasts Hopi Indian-inspired carpets,
Wright's light fixtures and Prairie Style furniture, and
overlooks the lush greenery of Hibiya Park and
the Palace grounds.

A patrician salute to our architectural heritage of
Frank Lloyd Wright, with fascinating motifs from
the 1923 Imperial, and masterfully concocted spirits
from around the world, the Old Imperial Bar is
our main bar and a beloved Tokyo institution.
To the right, an original 1923 fresco now in the Bar.

Wright himself designed almost everything is
his magnificent 1923 masterpiece, including the
whimsical dinnerware patterns for
the dishes used in the ballrooms and restaurants.

THE FLAVOR OF HISTORY

The unusual architectural history of this landmark
Tokyo hotel is for our guests and visitors to savor throughout
their stays with us Accommodations in the crisply renovated
Tower, for example, incorporate numerous original artwork
inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright.

THE FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT SUITE

Created in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation at
Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Imperial's one-of a- kind
Frank Lloyd Wright Suite boasts Hopi Indian-inspired carpets,
Wright's light fixtures and Prairie Style furniture, and overlooks
the lush greenery of Hibiya Park and the Palace grounds.

THE OLD IMPERIAL BAR

A patrician salute to our architectural heritage of
Frank Lloyd Wright, with fascinating motifs from
the 1923 Imperial, and masterfully concocted spirits from
around the world, the Old Imperial Bar is our main bar and
a beloved Tokyo institution. To the right, an original 1923
fresco now in the Bar.

LIFE is S CABARET

Wright himself designed almost everything is
his magnificent 1923 masterpiece, including the
whimsical dinnerware patterns for
the dishes used in the ballrooms and restaurants.

On display through the end of 2017, an exhibit of 1923 relics and
other Imperial mementos from the Imperial's colorful past,
now on display in a remodeled space in the hotel's Main Lobby.

150th Anniversary Email News:http://www.imperialhotel.co.jp/e/our_world/emailnews06/forpastnews/2017_06.html?popup

FLW motifs