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Beirut's Heritage Buildings

This guide aims to list some of Beirut's heritage buildings and provide resources to assist researchers with their needs on this specific topic.

A beautiful abandoned art deco building known as Dr. Mohammad Khaled's hospital located on Abdallah Khaled Street. The hospital functioned from 1932 till 1975.

                       Dr. Mohammad Khaled's abandoned hospital

                       Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BXgIXU0FShK/?utm_source=ig_embed

BDD 740 was renovated in 2017 as part of the Beirut Digital District project. This building overlooks the Fouad Chehab Bridge, Martyr's Square and Bechara El Khoury Highway.

                       BDD 740 

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BDD 1082 was renovated in 2013 as part of the Beirut Digital District project. The outside of the building is characterized by unique architecture that reflects Beirut's old heritage, but its inside has been transformed into contemporary office space.

                       BDD 1082

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BDD 1281, a heritage building, was renovated in 2017 as part of the Beirut Digital District project. The outside of the building resembles the old traditional architecture of Beirut and carries its historical legacy, but its inside enjoys innovative architecture.

                       BDD 1281

                       Source: https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcRjpBRezWT2WlYW3aOh5Q0eVaYFMilCvjq2lA&usqp=CAU

Known as "The Egg" or "The Dome", this iconic war-scarred structure was commissioned as part of a modernist set of buildings in 1965 and was designed by the Lebanese architect Joseph Philippe Karam. The egg was planned to be a movie theater as part of a 'Beirut City Center' project which was unfinished with the start of the civil war in 1975.

                       The Egg or the Dome

                       Source: Emmeca - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67505219

Originally known as Le Grand Théâtre des Mille et une Nuits, this venue built in the late 1920s is of great historical importance to Beirut. It consisted of an Italianate theatre and a small hotel with small shops, rental apartments and offices along the street's front arcade. The theater was greatly damaged during the Lebanese Civil War. Solidere had plans to convert it into a boutique hotel.

                          Grand Theatre Hotel

                          Source: https://blogbaladi.com/a-look-inside-le-grand-theatre-de-beirut/

Beautiful old Kanafani building before and during renovation. The building is located on the northern entrance of Hawd al Wilaya.

                                                                   لا يتوفر وصف للصورة.
 

                                                                  Source: https://www.facebook.com/BeirutHeritage/posts/2158684551101936/

Khandak el-Ghamik is rich with old and heritage buildings.

لا يتوفر وصف للصورة.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=2641760726101404&set=gm.946279192475419


Khandaq el Ghamiq

Source: Mike Awwad's book "بيروت بالقلب" (Bayrūt bel-qalb) 

The historic St. Georges Church, built in 1878 and located on Tyane Street, was devastated by the war. It will be restored by Beirut Digital District, a private real estate project, to preserve its unique architecture.

                         St. Georges Church

Source: https://www.facebook.com/BeirutDigitalD/photos/the-st-georges-church-is-a-valuable-historical-asset-of-the-bachoura-area-and-fo/2603870743035727/

A beautiful heritage building in Downtown Beirut owned by Dr. Mosbah Bakri, currently rented by the Lebanese Government to be used as a center for State Council (Conseil d'état).

                        لا يتوفر وصف للصورة.

                        Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=10219379102421749&set=g.411978642572146