This afternoon we rode our bikes down to Motomachi Park located in the historic Yamate Bluff. This is a really nice area of Yokohama having been a major foreigners’ neighborhood from the mid-1800s to early 1900s. Now it’s place of rich Japanese and expatriates. We visited three historic homes, Ehrismann Residence, Berrick Hall, and Yamate 234 Ban-Kan. They were all decorated for Christmas and there was no entrance fee.
Ehrismann Residence was built in 1926, with the design of A. Richmond, who is recognized as “the father of modern architecture in Japan” and had a great impact on the Japanese architectural scene. It was built at Yamate No. 127 in 1926 as a private residence for Mr. Ehrisman, manager of Siber & Hegner Co., a large silk trading company in Yokohama at the time. The building was moved to the current Motomachi Park location and restored in 1990.
Berrick Hall was the residence for British trader B. R. Berrick and was built in 1930 with the design of J. H. Morgan. The Spanish-style house was the largest building among western-style houses built before World War II.
Yamate 234 was a housing complex for foreigners. Built around 1927 and designed by Kichizo Asaka, it is one of the few remaining structures of the day in Yokohama. Originally, four same-style houses were placed symmetrically facing each other across an entrance porch at the center, and were arranged one above another.