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.
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.
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.
Townhouse Gallery was founded in 1998 and functioned as a busy cultural and art center.
Yasser Gerab, the gallery’s director for outreach, told Ahram Online Sunday they plan to relocate in the vicinity of Townhouse.