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Contrast.

I walked from Downtown to Hamra the other day.  That’s right, you heard me.  WALKED.  What is it with people not wanting to walk here?  It’s so much more relaxing than driving..And believe it or not, it took me less time than taking a service taxi!

I spotted these two buildings on my walk, and they made me stop in my tracks.  Two buildings, with two completely different personalities.  I had to capture this, as  I truly think it speaks volumes of the transformation that Beirut is currently undergoing..

How I wish they would focus on restoring the charming buildings of Beirut’s past..what Beirut is losing can never be gained back..its soul.

Destruction of Beirut's historic buildings

Beirut's heritage, lost.

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Beit Beirut

Recently a lot of people have been voicing their concerns over the demolition of historic buildings in Beirut..but there are some, albeit few, instances where steps are being taken to preserve Beirut’s cultural and architectural heritage..Namely the transformation of Maison Jaune, or The Yellow House, into Beit Beirut – a museum and urban cultural center..

“Maison Jaune” (The Yellow House) THEN..photo credit: Beit Beirut FB fan page

“Maison Jaune” (The Yellow House) NOW..photo credit Beit Beirut FB fan page

According to Beit Beirut’s facebook page,

A unique architectural landmark in the heart of Sodeco, Maison Jaune will undergo a full restoration through a combination of heritage conservation, contemporary architecture, and technological innovation. This symbolic site was chosen by the Municipality of Beirut to become a unique cultural and architectural landmark.   Dedicated to the history of Beirut, Beit Beirut will allow Lebanese people along with tourists to discover the city through its various (permanent and temporary) activities and exhibitions.

Beit Beirut will also serve as an urban observatory which stresses the importance of preserving Beirut’s cultural identity and architectural heritage.  The Yellow House, a living testimony to Beirut’s war torn past, will house a museum dedicated to furthering the understanding of Lebanese history.

Beit Beirut - photo credit iSoura

The Plans..from Maison Jaune to Beit Beirut..photo credit Beit Beirut FB fan page

All material from this post was taken from Beit Beirut’s facebook fan page..support the cause!  Click here.

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