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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Taipei's American Style Homes on Yangmingshan


Many of the old American style homes which once dotted the hills of Yangmingshan, built in the 1950s as housing for US military personnel, have been removed.

Photograph courtesy of Yangmingshan Environmental Ethics Association

If you lived in one of these old houses during your tour, read through these pages to see if your old home is still standing. 

During the past three or four years, a group of Taiwan citizens has come together with the goal of finding ways to save the remaining Bank of Taiwan (BOT) homes from destruction.

I recently come across a web site, written in English, that contains some interesting articles which focus on the area and the old homes. There are articles of various subjects, all relating to the efforts to save the remaining old structures.

In one of the articles, a woman talks about her life as an "Ama" for American families residing in BOT housing on Yangmingshan.

Take a few minutes to bring yourself up-to-date with the on-going struggle and efforts to save the old structures.

History is worth preserving.  

The web site is HERE.

Perhaps you lived in BOT housing at another location on Taiwan.

We know there were American style homes in Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung,

We have no photos or information on Chiayi or Pingtung,  Can you help us?

There is a long article on the BOT homes in Hsinchu.  Read the article HERE

We also published an article on 20 House Compound, look down this article to see photos of the 20 House compound  HERE. 





4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Part of the BOT housing on Yangmingshan, basically in the F area, is open to rent.
http://udn.com/NEWS/BREAKINGNEWS/BREAKINGNEWS6/7712441.shtml 台銀陽明山原美軍眷舍公開標租

Sigrid said...

My family lived in the Yangmingshan F area (207B)in 1974-75. My husband and I are returning to Taiwan next week, and I am hoping to see my former house. Does anyone know if it is possible to walk in this area? Is there someone I should contact about seeing the neighborhood?
Thank you for your help,
Sigrid

Rory O'Neil said...

We invite all former residents of Yangmingshan US Military Housing (Sections A, B, C-1, C-2, D, E, F, G, H-1, and H-2) to join us in the new Facebook group: Yangmingshan US Military Housing - Come Back to Grass Mountain. We are organizing with our Friends from Taiwan to help save these structures, their shared history, and establish the Yangmingshan Eco-Historic Village for all to visit.

Sincerely, Rory O'Neil

Phillip Charlier said...

Unfortunately, one of the bungalows was destroyed by a fire last night, February 13, 2017.
http://news.thewildeast.net/historic-american-military-quarters-destroyed-by-fire/