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Rokku, Asakusa-ku (modern 2 Asakusa, Taito-ku)
Tokyo Japan

Construction Dates
Floor Count12
Building Uses
 - showroom
 - observation
 - restaurant
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
 - tower
Architectural Style
 - renaissance revival
 - masonry
 - brick

Built as an observation tower and exhibition hall, the Ryounkaku featured Japan's first elevator, among many other delights of the industrial age. Located in the Asakusa entertainment district, the building was an immensely popular attraction.
British engineer William K. Barton helped design this building. Built of unreinforced masonry, the top floors of the building collapsed into the lower floors during the 1923 Kanto earthquake.

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