【100 Great Architecture along Marathon Route】
4. Osaka City Central Public Hall, Japan
Osaka City Central Public Hall located around 13km of marathon route. It is an elegant, Neo-Renaissance architecture with red brick wall and dome-shaped bronze roof, built in 1918.
The public hall was made with a large grant from Mr. Einosuke Iwamoto who was a broker in Kitahama, Osaka. His donation was 1 million yen equivalent to billions yen in current monetary value.
Einosuke had an opportunity to visit the United States and there he was impressed by the fact that American businessmen pay their own money to contribute to make great public halls like Carnegie Hall.
Then he decided to construct one in Osaka which should be as beautiful as any hall in the world.
Luckily, the building survived World War Two.