Viewers are able to discern the side profile of Jinrickisha Station immediately as this iconic building has been through thick and thin alongside the development of the city. Gazetted for conservation in 1987, the landmark was bought over in 1989 for commercial redevelopment by L&B Holdings - an investment company, and sold to movie star Jackie Chan in 2007 for $11 million. Jinrikisha is another name for the “rickshaw” which is a cart with wheels pulled by one man, thus meaning “man-powered carriage” in Japanese - where it was first invented. Designed in an Edwardian style that allowed for exposed brickwork to contrast the facade of white plaster mouldings by engineer Samuel Tomlinson and architect David Mcleod Craik, the structure of the station is in the shape of a “V” and has a square tower with an octagonal cupola to provide a vantage point. It’s purpose was to serve as a place where new rickshaws were registered and to inspect the large number of rickshaws that zipped around the streets, numbering around 13,000 in 1893. Strikes occurred outside the building in 1919, 1920 and 1938 over issues of regulation of the rickshaw pullers.
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