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Ceiling with beautiful curve made of wooden pieces, which suits taste of this building
This building used to be the chapel in "Harada forest" in the campus of Kwansei Gakuin University. This building is notable in its style of building and its beauty, in winter of the first anniversary since its opening, it began the procedure to be registered as tangible cultural property by Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
(stamp of chapel's appearance designed impressively)
Kobe City Museum of Literature outside
|1904||It was built in "Harada forest" in campus of Kwansei Gakuin University as a chapel. It was called "Blanch Memorial Chapel" because Mr. John Blanch,a banker from America, contributed to it.|
|1929||Though Kwansei Gakuin University moved to Nishinomiya, it was left benind as a chapel.|
|1940||Kobe city bought it.|
|1945||It was hit in an air raid on Kobe, its roof was burn out.|
|1950||Expo Kobe was held. The chapel was repaired and used as "the Inland Sea Sightseeing Building".|
|1955||"Art class for citizen" at the art room in Kitano elementary school moved to the chapel which already had been renovated and renewed.|
|1962||"U.S.A culture center in Kobe, which used to be CIE (Civil Information and Education Section) library" after war, moved in the chapel.|
|1967||"U.S.A. culture center" was closed.
It was opened as Oji branch of Kobe City Center Library.
|1972||It was renamed Kobe City Oji Library.|
|1989||Kobe City Oji Library was closed.|
|1993||It was opened as Kobe City Oji Gallery for Citizen.
Design : Ichiryu-sha Vories design office
Building : Its appearance was revived by Araigumi.Co. as of 1904.
|1995||It received the prize for the best reform of BELCA Prize. (The commendation system of the excellent existing building.)|
|2000||Appointment as an important building to form scene (Kobe cityscape regulation)|
|2006||Kobe City Oji Gallery for Citizen was closed.
It was renewed and newly opened as "Kobe City Museum of Literature".
|2007||Council for culture of the country reports Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology as a country registration tangible cultural property in "Kobe City Museum of Literature" December 7.|