This beautiful western-style house is located along a country road in Puxin 埔心, a rural township in the heart of Changhua 彰化, central Taiwan 台灣. It was built in 1940 by a man by the name of Huáng Yì 黃義, a wealthy employee (presumably an executive) of the Japanese colonial era Taiwan Sugar Company 台糖公司. If this government source is to be believed Huang Yi had five wives who bore him five sons—and some unknown number of daughters. No wonder he needed such a large house!
Today I went out for an exploratory ride through central Changhua 彰化. I was hoping to get as far as Xihu to check out the sugar factory but took too long getting there as I was distracted by various sights in Puxin 埔心 of all places. It’s just as well, for I later found out the sugar factory is only open to the public on weekends.
At any rate, I stopped to explore a couple of abandonments on the way, this being one of them. Nestled in a small copse, the ruins of this brick and mortar home were notable only for the fact that there were otherwise no signs of human habitation. No artifacts remained, nothing to indicate that people had ever lived in this place. Most abandoned homes in Taiwan 台灣 are cluttered with the personal affects of the former habitants. Not here—only the growing forest has left an imprint.