The Historama
Alex Ben-Arieh
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Tel Aviv, Israel 61321
Phone: +972-547-680-086
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Here is a developing gallery of photographs of architecture in Israel - Bauhaus/International Style, Israeli "box" buildings, "brutalist" (exposed concrete) styles and more. I'll post pictures with descriptions and explanations of structures from all over the country - and where possible also from the Palestinian Authority/Territories.

Pictures will includes specializations, like factories, plants and places of work; or architectural details and refinements, like entrance-ways, balconies and detailing.

To view the pictures in greater detail, click on them from this page, roll your mouse over them when they open and click on the bottom right square button which appears on the image.


Tel Aviv: Old 1920's Ecclectic design in the Makhane Binyamin pedestrian parade, near the Carmel Market

Doorway detail of the same building

Joseph Dinitz cafe in the corner bauhaus styled building just at the edge of Makhane Binyamin

Old levantine building from 1920's with wooden shutters and open-air balconies; further down from Makhane Binyamin
Tel Aviv: side view of a long bauhaus apartment building, with semi-covered balconies (descending walls from the ceiling and semi-walls at the base) - on the left side of the building the balconies are curved, and on the right facing the street, they are straight and now enclosed by glass shutters. These front balconies actually also extend along part of each side of the building, and when not enclosed they look like long slit openings extending around the front of the structure. There are also enclosed balconies in the center of the side of the building. Located at the north end of Herzl Street.

Tel Aviv: front view of two sets of balconies of an apartment building behind Dizengoff Circle, on the corner of Ben Ami street. On this design there is only a slight overhang from the ceiling of the balconies; on the large arcing ones, the entrace door is visible on the left side (with ceiling window above it). Note the supporting columns at the base of the building (and stylized entraceway) - this is a style that developed further into the 1940's to '70s, creating more open spaces at the entrance level of apartment buildings.

Trumpeldor St. 39 on the corner with Tchernichovsky Street: a front view of a bauhaus apartment building. Note the curved edges of all the walls.
Side view of Trumpeldor 39. There are no supporting columns in this design, and the balcony on the ground floor has a relatively high wall. Note the twin square holes along the wall, above the entrance which provide light into the stairwell; note too the charateristic bauhaus overhang above the entrance and also at the top of the building. Another interesting detail is the two-toned interior wall coloring, characteristic of the time.

Chovevei Zion St. 63 a side/corner view of this lovely building: the balconies have been left unenclosed. Visible are the protruding side balconies (at the foreground of the picture), and the smaller front balconies (in the background). The location of the balconies doesn't have any meaning as both are probably the main balconies of two separate apartments. With the side balconies left exposed and the main walls visible, one can see how a sloping balcony gives an otherwise sharp-edged building a curved appearance. The dipping balcony walls - both on the side and on the front balconies - are typical design hallmarks of that time, as is the protroding edge with columns at the top of the building. Though not visible, this building's design incorporate supporting pillars at the ground level.

Tel Aviv: corner view of the front and side of an apartment building on the corner of Chovevei Zion and Druyanov Streets. Nearly all of the surface openings are balconies which have since been enclosed by shutters. Note the stylistic long overhangs over the tops of the front balconies, and the supporting columns at the entrance to the building.
Side view the same building (Druyanov 1). With few exceptions nearly all the shuttered sections here are also formerly open-air balconies. Among the design details, note the design of the metal rails on the side portions of the balconies. On the two sets of balconies in the foreground it looks like the back portions have been bricked up and closed off to make (or enlarge) rooms.

Corner of Ben Ami and Dov Hoz Streets - a typical bauhaus building, unusually with unenclosed balconies, whose hallmark is not curved sides but rather the thin overhangs over the windows (and over the barely visible entrance, at left) and protruding balconies from over the main walls of the building.

Vilna St. 7 corner Frankental 1 in Tel Aviv. A renovated example of the classic bauhaus style, with curved corner balconies, thin overhangs and styled lines along the top

Entrance details of the same building: styled stairwell with stip of glass panes and overhangs, round windows and wooden door

Cinema Hotel in Dizengoff Circle - a stunning example of the bauhaus style; one of four curved buildings forming the Dizengoff Circle.

Mapu St. 27 and Dov Hoz St. in Tel Aviv. Incorporating the standard hallmarks of bauhaus, but whose front balconies are straight edged on the outside corners and curved at the corners facing the entrance - and nicely designed railings.
End view of the same building. Broad, exposed round balconies.

Chovevei Zion 5: a differently arranged combination of curved balconies on the front face, an entrance tucked on the side, from a small entry-way, and straight but slighly side-protruding rectangular balconies along the inset face. Note the long rectangular windows running up alongside the entrance.

French Consul-General building in Jerusalem, built in 1929 in art deco style. The building features circular windows typical of the style, and combines simple lines with graceful curves. Note the thin, rounded overhanging ceiling of the room on the roof, and the period styled letters in "Republique Francaise" on the gate.

Stone bauhaus with wrapped balconies and rectangular stairwell windows, King George Street, Jerusalem.

An unusual concave curve in the corner of a stone bauhaus building, with emerging balconies forming from one side, and a long strip of windows along the stairwell.

Curved corner of a bauhaus building where the side here is enclosed and lined with windows, and angular balconies form before and after it.

Ecclectic style building with turquoise detailing and iron balconies, Helene Hamalka Street in Jerusalem (next to the Russian Compound).

The Central Post Office in Jerusalem: a British designed bauhaus erected between 1934-1938 during the Mandatory period, with basalt stones brought down from the Golan heights.

Doorway details of two bauhaus buildings in Jerusalem. Note the curved ceiling above the door on the left, and the stylized overhand above the door on the right. Also note the keystone pattern above the window on the left.

Italian Fascist neo-modern design in Jerusalem: the Generali Insurance building at a juncture on Jaffo Street, built in 1931.

A side view of the Generali building. Note the Jerusalem stone style on the lower half of the building and the simple angles of the balconies up above. The rear of the building, in Jerusalem stone, curves around the back.

The "St. Louis" French Hospital next to Notre Dame, across from the Old City in Jerusalem. Note the oriental flourishes around the windows and old wooden shutters.

Ecclectic-Bauhaus design in Arab East Jerusalem, across from the walls of the Old City.

Ottoman architecture in the Old City: the former "East New Imperial Hotel", at the Jaffa Gate entrance, with grand colonades along the center entrance and windows, and oriental flourishes along the overhangs. A new bridge has been built on the left side to connect it to another building.

A levantine styled building in Jerusalem with peaked rooves and typical stone fascade. Note the wooden balconies and stylized metal railings. This was the building in which Zeev Jabotinsky was held prisoner following his arrest in 1920 Nebi Musa riots.

Ecclectic styled building on Jaffo Street, Jerusalem. Note the clean cut window frames, curved corner and bare building surfaces.

The "Froumine Building" on King George Street, with keystone stylizing above the windows, bare building surfaces and angular colonades. This building served as the temporary location of Israel's Parliament ('Knesset') from 1950 until 1966, when the present structure was inaugurated.