PICS: Cairo’s Townhouse demolished
Cairo’s Townhouse demolished - YOUM7
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CAIRO: Downtown Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery, housed in a building dating from 1890, was demolished Monday due to a high risk of collapse. Security forces surrounded the area amid objections by the gallery’s officials and patrons, Youm7 reported.

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The tenants of the building had requested to renovate the entire five-storey place at their own expense, lawyer of the building’s owner Reham Samir told Youm7, but the authorities at Cairo Governorate approved the demolition based on a specialized governmental committee’s recommendation.

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Parts of the building’s roof had already collapsed, and the committee noted the building posed a danger the residents of the building and people on the street.

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Townhouse Gallery was founded in 1998 and functioned as a busy cultural and art center.

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Yasser Gerab, the gallery’s director for outreach, told Ahram Online Sunday they plan to relocate in the vicinity of Townhouse.

 

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