Akasaka Palace Project, Japan

Johnson Service Company’s installation for Japanese royalty

February 28, 1906 (PD: 201202)

Crown Prince Yoshihito

Crown Prince Yoshihito (1879-1926), posthumously known as the Taisho Emperor

On February 28, 1906, the Johnson Service Company’s (Johnson Controls’ former name) New York office issued its final bill (amounting to $552) for installations at Japan’s Palace of the Imperial Prince, now known as the Akasaka Detached Palace, Japan’s state guest house in Tokyo.

Crown Prince Yoshihito (later named Emperor Taisho posthumously) ordered an extensive remodeling of the Akasaka Palace at the turn of the twentieth century, changing it into a lavish European rococo-style building.  Emperor Taisho’s son, Crown Prince Hirohito, spent his childhood in this palace before becoming Emperor when his father passed away in 1926.

In July 1901, the Johnson Service Company’s New York branch office signed contract number 635 to outfit the Palace with 138 thermostats, 2 valves, and other “material for completion” totaling $2,381.  Payment of the final invoice was extremely prompt – the final $552 was paid in full only a month later, on March 29, 1906.