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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.

The heritage house of the former President Charles Debbas located in Hikmeh Sector, Debbas Street.

                      No photo description available.

                      Source: https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=2405093266231020&set=pcb.619850291784979

Located on Achrafieh's historic St. Nicholas Street, Villa Audi was the bank's head office during the days of the civil war. It has been an occasional art gallery in the past, and has been transformed into a mosaic museum.

                          Audi Palace

                          Source: https://www.lebanontraveler.com/en/magazine/lebanon-traveler-4-museums-to-discover/


Tanios Ward, a heritage building, partially collapsed February 13, 2017 on Saint Nicolas street in Beirut.           

                         Tanios Ward

                        Source: http://apsad.net/pictures/Uploads/Project%20description%20summary%20October%202018.pdf

The historic Sursock Street contains many heritage buildings including Sursock Palace facing Sursock Museum built in 1860 by Moussa Sursock and later owned by Lady Cochrane Sursock who passed away in August 2020 from injuries sustained in the tragic Beirut blast.                        

                                               Sursock Palace                          

                                               Source: https://www.lebanoninapicture.com/pictures/beirut-achrafieh-sursock-palace


Built in 1912 by Nicolas Ibrahim Sursock, this private villa was donated to the Municipality of Beirut and was turned into a museum of modern and contemporary art in 1961 based on Mr. Sursock's will. The Sursock Museum is an example of Lebanese architecture integrating Venetian and Ottoman influences. In 1999, the building was classified as a class A historical building by the Directorate General of Antiquities. The museum endured colossal damage following Beirut's blast of August 4, 2020.                  

                            Sursock Museum

                           Source: https://libshop.paris/en/musee-sursock-photos-beyrouth/


Bustros Palace on Sursock Street, built in 1880, now houses the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants. It was heavily damaged by Beirut blast in August 2020.                

                           Bustros Palace

                          Source: http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/35112


Feghali House is located on the intersection of Sursock and Nicolas Ghosn Streets. The house was built by Youssef Sursock in 1880 and was restored and renovated in 2013.

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Rizk Building, located on Sursock Street, is a beautiful and unique modernist building built by pre-war architect Edgar Sisto.

                                                   Rizk Building

                                                  Source: https://www.the961.com/beiruts-iconic-buildings-to-be-demolished/