T. B. Glover was born in 1838 in Scotland. It was believed that he came with his brother
to Nagasaki via Shanghai in 1858 when Japan lifted ban on foreign intercourse.
Glover established Glover & Co, with his brother and singlehandedly traded firearms,
gunpowder and warship with various daimyo government, scoring an immense success.
An 1867 record list Mr. Glover’s personal residence on his rented lot at No.3 Minami
When the house was dismantled for repair as part of cultural asset preservation program,
an India ink marketing for carpentry made in 1862 was founded on window pane.
Therefore, the house is presumed to have been built around that time. In the repair work,
it was also apparent that lumber materials used in house were transferred from other
structures. Hence, it is now apparent that repair work has been done several stages.
Overall, the house is highly valued as the first Western-style structure introduced to Japan
and was designated as an Important Cultural Asset in 1961.
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