Shidingmei Ancient House(石鼎美古宅)
According to Professor Wan-sho SHIH, “As the fourth son did not pass the examination, they couldn’t use the swallowtail ridge. Therefore, they started with the protection wing, and people laughed at them, saying, ‘can’t support the big house, start from the protection wing’. In that time, Shi-rong SHI did not follow the standard procedures to build the Shidingmei Residence.” Under the residence restrictions specified in “Daqing Huidian” (jurisdictional corpus on administrative matters of the Qing dynasty), Shi-rong SHI had high expectation on his son who took the county imperial examination and even planned to build a new house behind Shidingmei Hao for celebration. Shi Ding Mei Old Residents sitting behind Shidingmei Hao was the only mansion located outside Da Shimen (grand west gatehouse). The expansion has been demolished. The original part of the residence is preserved in a good condition. Although it is located in the busy Central West District. In the Qing dynasty, many descendants of the Shis’ passed different levels of imperial examinations. Today, many of them are poets, scholars, historians, geographers, etc. The scholarly tradition of the family is evident.
In 1966, Professor Wan-sho SHI, the current resident of Shi Ding Mei Old Residence, applied to the Tainan City Government for listing the residence as a historical monument. As it is a better-preserved civilian residence in the city, the city government thus listed the residence as a city historical monument.
Open Hours Not open ( now for private house )