This blog was created for USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion Army personnel who served in Taiwan during the 1965-72 time frame. Specifically, those who lived and worked in and around Taipei are the target. If you worked at the Grass Mountain or Gold Mountain facilities or anywhere in downtown Taipei, we would like to hear from you. All are welcome to visit and contribute to this blog. Your comments and pictures are encouraged.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Bank Of Taiwan, F Housing, Shantzuhou, Taipei, Taiwan

My final housing area to be viewed is the one nearest to our former apartment on DaHeng Road. The F-Housing area is also unique in its own way. Clay tile roofs and concrete block enclosures isolate this site.

The individual housing areas are the most neglected and most interesting. Much of the area consists of dormitories to be renovated. In 1969, there were no U. S. military folks living in the barracks to my knowledge. 

Back then, they may have been barracks for ROC soldiers or dormitories for Chinese Culture College students. They look to be over 2000 square feet each.

Again, LTC Scott Ellinger has taken photos of this area. They were posted on Don Wiggins' USTDC blog September 13, 2010. To view them, click HERE

An October  6, 2010 post on Kent Mathieu's Taipeiairstation. blog, indicates the purpose of renovating these dorms in Section F Housing. Just scroll down the page until reaching the 10/6/2010 post.

As you can see in the upper right of this picture are the coordinates of DaHeng Road. Just southwest of this would be the present-day location of F-Housing.

Here again is LTC Ellinger's enhanced housing areas back in 1969. Thanks again to Don Wiggins USTDC.blogspot for his post of this photo on September 17, 2010.  F-Housing is clearly seen.

If the little triangular area to the south of this road is the unofficial entrance to C-Housing, then the Chinese Culture University sign is the unofficial entrance to F-Housing. 

This is the general area in which houses and dorms are located. Google Earth only follows so many streets. 

A chain restricts access to these two houses.  In the background is the large hill right next to our apartment.

This is the house at the left of the chain. Don't know why the yellow car is parked there.

The house directly to the right of the chain certainly looks be to abandoned.

This house appears to be occupied. If maintained, clay tile roofs can last decades.

It appears that this dorm is being readied with materials for renovation.

Time and weather can take a toll.

In the background is the University.

Clearly, this street is off-limits.

 Whoa! This one will take much money, materials and labor to bring it back to its former glory.

These houses speak for themselves.

If the area had not been declared a cultural landmark, the University would have swallowed it up  by now.

This dormitory is typical of the ones surrounded by a concrete block wall. Who needs shrubs?

Just in case you didn't go to taipeiairstation.blogspot on October 6, 2010, here is the updated map of the Yangmingshan housing areas.

The Section F dorms are to be used to house students from mainland China.

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