October 21, 2016
The Imperial Hotel in Hibiya, Tokyo is one of the oldest and premium hotels in Japan. The original structure that was designed by Yuzuru Watanabe opened in November 1890. The 60-room hotel was destroyed by fire on April 16, 1922 while King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire was visiting Japan. He was then the Prince of Wales.
The construction of the second Imperial Hotel, designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was completed in 1923. After the damages caused by numerous earthquakes and the World War II, the hotel was demolished in 1967. It was replaced with a high-rise structure that was completed in 1985.
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