Japanese tatami mats meet western-style furniture at this landmark building constructed in 1940. The building served as the residence of nearly every Taipei mayor up until 1994. Since 1999， the city's Department of Cultural Affairs has contracted a third party to manage the residence as an art and cultural center focusing on literature， history and philosophy. Apart from displays and other events， the center arranges art and cultural courses for the public. The center restaurant specializes in roasted mutton knees and German pig's feet. You can also peruse a wide selection of poetry books on sale at the center bookshop.