Jan Letzel

(1880 - 1925)

1880 April 9, born in Nachod, Austria-Hungary at that time, now Czech Republic; father was a hotel owner who run the "Letzel Hotel" in Nachod

completeted successfully the training in the construction department of the Higher Vocational School, joined the post of assistant in the Department of Civil Engineering of the State Industrial School in Pardubice


won a scholarship to study architecture at UMPRUM, the School of Applied Arts in Prague under Professor Jan Koreta (1871-1923) who himself was a pupil of Otto Wagner (1841-1918)

1904-5 worked in Quido Belsky's architect office in Prague, where he planned the tearoom of Grand Hotel Evropa in Prague and the Dvorana (Hall) of Msene Springs (Czech)
1905-07 worked in Fabricio Pascha's architect office in Cairo, Egypt
1907 June, came to Japan to join George de Lalande's architect office in Yokohama. George de Lalande (1872-1914) was a distinguished architect at that time in Japan, Korea and China. Letzel was head of staff, lived in Nakamura-cho, Yokohama.
1908 moved into a house at Higasi-shinano-cho, Yotsuya-ku, Tokyo
1909 became an independent architect, made a limited partnership with Karel Jan Hora (1881-1973), "Letzel & Hora", Ginza-Izumo-cho, Tokyo
1910 adopted 5 years old girl Hanna Mahit
1912 April, moved the office to the Mitsubishi Building No.3, Marunouchi, Tokyo
1913 June 20, dissolved the limited partnership Letzel & Hora [Hora returned home to Bohemia on at February 16, 1913], established "Jan Letzel's architect office"
1915 had to give up the work due to WWI, closed his architect office at the end of the year
1919 August 27, following the independence of Czechoslovakia after WWI, Letzel received a post of commercial attaché at the Czechoslovak embassy in Tokyo
1920 March 26, left Japan and returned home, abandoned a few months later his attaché post
1922 November 15, returned to Japan
1923 September 1, the Great Kanto Earthquake in Tokyo, of his works the Japan Private Health Association Hall, the Sophia University and the Tsukigi Seiyo-ken Hotel were destroyed
  November 27, left Japan from Yokohama
1925 December 26, passed away in Prague

project list



as employee of George de Lalande's office in Yokohama



Kobe Oriental Hotel

Deutsches Haus of Yokohama

1909 Seishin Women's School, Shiroganedai, Tokyo


in partnership with Karel Jan Hora, "Letzel & Hora" company, Ginza-Izumo-cho, Tokyo

1910 Futaba Women's School
1911 Japan Private Health Association [Hall], Ote-machi, Tokyo
  replica of Mary's cavern in Sekiguchidai Church
  Baron Nagayo's residence, Azabuhujimi-cho, Tokyo
1912 extension of Tsukigi Seiyo-ken Hotel


Jan Letzel's architect office


1913 Matsushima Park Hotel, Miyagi prefecture
  Boehler's residence, Baden (near Vienna)
1914 Sophia University, Tokyo
1915 Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall [now, A-bomb Dome]
1916 Dr. Bryan's residence, Shimo-Shibuya, Tokyo
1917 Ueno Seiyo-ken Hotel, Tokyo [The hotel was destroyed by a big typhoon on October 1st, 1917.]
  Miyajima Hotel, Hiroshima