The Former Alt Residence
旧オルト住宅 (Kyu Oruto Jutaku)

The building features a simple gable veranda supported by pillars in the Tuscan style with no decorative grooving work, at the center of which is a porch with the roof pediment atop it. The high eaves lend the building an imposing atmosphere. It is one of the largest and the most stylish Western-style buildings constructed in Japan during the years from the end of the Edo shogunate to the end of the Meiji Era (1868 to 1912). The main building is a wooden skeleton with tiled roof, and there is a stone-paved veranda running around the north, south and west sides. A blueprint of the design suggesting it was the work of an English architect remains.
William Alt, an Englishman, made a handsome profit from his tea exporting business, and managed a Japanese tea factory. After Alt left Nagasaki the building was used as the temporary premises of the newly founded Kwassui Jogakuin, a women’s college. It was subsequently lived in by the eldest son of Fredrick Ringer, Fredrick Erasmus Edward Ringer until his death at the age of 56 in February 1940. 

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Key information on the cultural property

Designated categoryNationally Designated Important Cultural Property
Registered dateMay 15, 1972
Address8-1 Minami Yamatemachi, Nagasaki City, within Glover Garden
Proprietary rightsNagasaki City