The Diplomat's House was built in Nanpeidai, Shibuya, Tokyo in 1910 as the residence of Mr. Sadatsuchi Uchida, a Meiji government diplomat who served as Consul General of New York and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Turkey. The designer was JM Gardiner, an American who came to Japan as a teacher at Rikkyo School and later worked as an architect.
The building is a two-story wooden building with a penthouse, a natural slate roof, and clapboard exterior walls. On the first floor, there are stately rooms such as a dining room and large and small guest rooms, and on the second floor, there are bedrooms, a study, and other rooms filled with a sense of life. The furnishings and decorations in these rooms show the Art Nouveau design, as well as the American influence of Arts and Crafts (a movement to reform the arts and crafts that developed in England in the 19th century).
In 1997, the city of Yokohama received this building from Mr. Miyairi, the grandson of Mr. Sadatsuchi Uchida. In the same year, it was designated as a national important cultural property. The furniture and furnishings have been reproduced in the room so that you can experience the life of a diplomat at that time. Each exhibition room displays materials about the features of the building, Gardiner's work, and the lives of diplomats. In addition, there is a cafe space in the annex building.