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This is one of the few buildings remaining from the time of the Japanese occupation of Sumatra in the early 1940's. Originally built on this site was Hirohara Jinja (a Shinto shrine), and this building was probably added as a shrine office or meeting place sometime around or after 1944. Since the end of W.W.II, it has been used as an elite social club by Medan society, which explains the building's still good condition. Stylewise, the roof, portico, and the handrail details seen on the veranda show elements derived from traditional Japanese architecture. On the other hand, the columns supporting the raised floor are of Malay style, making this building an interesting example of Asian hybrid design possibilities. The current landscaping consists of well-maintained bamboo bushes together with arranged stones and lawn, which is most likely not the original but that nonetheless matches the building well.