Open House 19.7

Inside House // Photo: Orit Siman Tov


1. Wadi Salib Park
Meeting place: the plaza at the intersection of Wadi Salib St. and Omar el-Khatab St.
Tours with the landscape architects, Daphna Greenstein and Hila Rotem, at the new park they designed in the heart of Wadi Salib, relying on a detailed town plan they prepared for the neighborhood in the 1990’s. During the tours, they will describe the design and concept underlying the park, the stages of its development and its connection with the overall plan for the neighborhood. The hour-long tour will end at the meeting place.
Thursday, July 19th, 11:00; Friday, July 20th, 11:00; Saturday July 21st, 11:00
3 open tours. Reservations not required. 

  1. Israel Railways Museum
    Meeting place: next to the Israel Railways Museum ticket office, 1 Hativat Golani St. (for those arriving on foot) or on the corner of Hiram and HaMelacha Streets (for those arriving by car). It is advisable to access the Museum directly using the Museum Train. Information about the Museum Train will be posted on the Israel Railways website and Open Houses website a week prior to the event.
    Tours at the Israel Railways Museum, which is located in the stone buildings of the historical Haifa East train station – the point of departure of the legendary Jezreel Valley Train. The tours will recount the history of railway transportation in the Land of Israel, from the inauguration of the first line between Jaffa and Jerusalem in 1892 to the accelerated development of Israel Railways that is now underway. Tour participants will be shown a variety of antique steam engines and cars stored at the Museum and will also become familiar with basic concepts from the world of railway transportation. The tours will last about 45 minutes.
    Thursday, July 19th, 10:00-15:00 (the last tour starts at 15:00) and 17:00-19:00 (the last tour starts at 19:00); Friday, July 20th, 9:00-14:00 (the last tour starts at 14:00)
    Open tours. Reservations not required. 
  1. Dagon Granaries
    75 Ha’atzmaut St. Meeting place: next to the guard booth (about 50 meters west of the Haifa Central – HaShmona train station)
    Architect: Ossip Klarwein, 1953
    Guided tours of one of the most impressive and striking structures in the city, which was built at the initiative of the late Dr. Reuven Hecht and serves as the State of Israel’s marine grain terminal at Haifa Port. During the tours, participants will hear the story behind the construction of the terminal and how it operates. The visit includes a tour of the archaeological museum opened by Dr. Hecht, where archaeological findings related to grain storage in ancient times are on display. There will also be a presentation describing the site and an explanation about the architecture of the buildings in the complex and the art found within them.
    Thursday, July 19th, 10:00-18:00 (the last tour starts at 18:00); Friday, July 20th, 9:00-14:00 (the last tour starts at 14:00)
    Tours for groups of 25 will start every hour on the hour. Reservations not required.

4. The Burial Cave in El Atika
Meeting place: the entrance to the El Atika neighborhood, at the intersection of Jaffa Road and A.L. Zissu St.
Tours in the tucked away El Atika neighborhood, which has rich history and archaeology and used to be the small town of Haifa (Haifa El Atika) in different periods between the days of the Second Temple and the 18th century. The tours will focus on the burial cave dating back to the Second Temple period, above which train tracks were built. It has a large hall with white columns and openings leading to inner burial chambers that contain the tombs of four Jews, decorated with original arches and ornaments.
Participants must wear closed-back walking shoes and it is advisable to bring a flashlight.
The tour on Thursday will be led by Limor Talmi, the Haifa district archaeologist at the Israel Antiquities Authority. The tour on Saturday will be led by Shalom Yankelevich from the University of Haifa.
Thursday, July 19th, 9:00; Saturday July 21st, 9:30
2 open tours. Reservations not required.

5. Sparkle in Hadar
Meeting place: in front of the Technion’s historical building (MadaTech), across from Technion Garden on the corner of 25 Shmaryahu Levin St. and 12 Balfour St.
A tour of the Hadar neighborhood with the architect Omri Zilka – a lecturer and owner of the “Pinat Rehov” blog which deals with architecture, design and urbanism in Haifa. He will focus on the story behind Hadar’s establishment, its days of glory, and the attempts now being made to renew it. Zilka will discuss the prominent physical traits of the neighborhood, its potential and its existing problems, while touching on issues such as urban renewal, preservation, the development of public spaces, commerce in the neighborhood and more. The tour lasts about two and a half hours (a 3-km route, most of which is downhill).
Thursday, July 19th, 16:30
Open tour. Reservations not required.

  1. A Graffiti Tour in the Wadi Salib Neighborhood
    Meeting place: the northern entrance to the courthouse, 12 Pal Yam St.
    The Wadi Salib neighborhood, which is located next to the flea market in Haifa’s Lower City, is for the most part unpopulated. Nonetheless, its buildings and the history that links them have over the years engaged researchers, artists and architects. Wadi Salib, whose past includes revolutions, protests and wars, is now a real estate hotspot. Against that backdrop, it is not surprising that some of the best graffiti works and street art in Israel are cropping up there. The 90-minute tour will talk about old versus new, war versus coexistence, life in an ethnically mixed neighborhood, and how all of that affects the art found on the street.
    Thursday, July 19th, 10:00
    Open tour for the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required.
  2. Anna Forta
    16 Herzliya St.
    A visit at an apartment in a 1930’s building which was converted into an interior design studio that hosts cultural events. Preserved according to its original blueprint, the apartment offers an opportunity to become acquainted with the residential experience in Haifa at the beginning of the 20th century, which included spacious living areas, high ceilings, decorative floor tiles and wood windows.
    Thursday, July 19th, 9:00-18:00; Friday, July 20th, 9:00-14:00; Saturday, July 21st, 14:00-17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required.
  3. The Apartment on 18 Yehiel
    18 Yehiel St., 2nd floor (white door)
    Architect: Haim Hary, 1932
    A look at an apartment situated in one of the twin ‘palace’ buildings on Yehiel Street in the Hadar neighborhood – originally designed in an art deco style by the Jewish architect, Haim Hary, for wealthy Arab families. The recently renovated and spacious apartment contains preserved elements such as the original decorative floor tiles, the arched wooden windows and the traditional division in Arab residential construction between a main living area and rooms surrounding it. There will also be a performance art piece – entitled Easy to Tie, Hard to Untie – by Sally Krysztal. The visits at the apartment will be in groups of 20.
    Thursday, July 19th, 16:00-19:00 Friday, July 20th, 15:00-18:00; Saturday July 21st, 14:00 -17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required.

 9. A-Saida Church and the House of Grace
10 Pal Yam St.
Visits at this compound surrounded by a stone wall, which houses the a-Saida Greek Catholic Church and other buildings used by the House of Grace – a rehab facility for released convicts. The church was built in 1862 on the foundations of a smaller church in order to accommodate a growing congregation. It was built near other churches in this part of Haifa that was populated by Christian Arabs and was abandoned following Israel’s War of Independence. In 1981, Kamil Shehade and his wife Agnes began restoring the rundown compound with the intention of converting it into a rehab facility for released convicts and a shelter for women of all religions. Both centers are still in operation today. The brief tours will be led by their son, Jamal Shehade.
Thursday, July 19th, 9:00-15:30; Friday, July 20th, 9:00-13:00 (the last tour starts at 12:00); Saturday July 21st, 9:00-17:00. On Thursday and Friday, there will be brief tours every hour on the hour. On Saturday, there will only be non-guided visits.
Open house and open tours. Reservations not required.

  1. Anglo-Palestine Bank
    1 Natanson St.
    Architect: Alexander Baerwald, 1928
    A glimpse of the splendid interior of one the most important historical buildings in Haifa – a monumental stone structure that originally was the Haifa branch of Anglo-Palestine Bank. It now houses the offices of the law firm Yaacov Salomon, Lipschutz & Co. The brief tours will be led by Yaakov Shorer – a member of the Haifa History Society, the author of the book Touring Haifa and a seasoned tour guide. He will recount the story behind the construction of the building and talk about the Land of Israel architectural style that the architect, Alexander Baerwald, sought to create in it: an eclectic style that combines Western, Oriental and Jewish architectural elements, such as pointed arches and ancient coin decorations.
    Thursday, July 19th, 17:00-19:00 (the last tour starts at 18:30); Friday, July 20th, 9:00-12:00 (the last tour starts at 11:30)
    Tours for groups of 25 will start every 30 minutes. Reservations not required.
  2. An Old-New Space
    6 HaNamal St.
    Architect: Kfir Galatia Azulay, K.O.T. Architects, 2018
    A look at a large industrial space (roughly 650 m²) located at the port, which in the past served as a goods warehouse and workshop. It is now in the final stages of being converted into a restaurant, night bar, venue for live shows, and a local Arab and international art gallery named Fattoush Gallery Bar. During the tours, the architect, Kfir Galatia Azulay, will talk about the project that is being executed as part of the lower city’s renewal. He will also discuss the design ideology of the gallery owner and developer that dictated how the space was designed and incorporated the reuse of dismantled raw materials such as bricks, wood boards for flooring, iron handrails and furniture, some of which were imported from flea markets in Brussels, Budapest and London, while others were gathered in local markets. Together they create an eclectic space of materials, periods and colors.
    Thursday, July 19th, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00; Friday, July 20th, 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00
    6 open tours. Reservations not required.
  3. Gallery House
    92 Ha’atzmaut St.
    A glimpse of the home of the artist, Shimon Cohen. This Arab house was built on the coast (before the Ha’atzmaut Road strip was drained by the British in 1933) and for many years was deserted and boarded up. It was renovated by Cohen two and a half years ago and now serves as his home and studio as well as an art gallery that also hosts bands and small-scale cultural events.
    Thursday, July 19th, 12:00-19:00; Friday, July 20th, 12:00-18:00; Saturday, July 21st, 12:00-17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required.

13. The Big Mills
40 Hativat Golani St. (parking is available inside the compound)
Architect: the engineer Arpad Gut, 1922
An opportunity to become acquainted with the striking structure of the mills that are still in operation today and are among the last remnants of the industrial-agricultural zone established next to Haifa Port during the British Mandate period. The mills were built by Baron Rothschild and were the first in the country to be powered by steam. To make loading and unloading the flour an easier task, a train track ran directly into the yard. The structure was designed by the Hungarian Jewish engineer, Arpad Gut, who was one of the leading architects of his time and an expert on reinforced concrete. Apart from the mills, he also designed a number of water towers, bridges and Tel Aviv’s sewer system. Motifs reminiscent of the walls of Jerusalem are incorporated in the structure’s windows and capitals.
Baby carriages cannot be brought into the compound. Children under the age of 13 will be allowed to participate if closely supervised by a parent.
Thursday, July 19th, 15:00, 16:30 and 18:00; Friday, July 20th, 10:00, 11:30 and 13:00
6 tours, each limited to the first 20 people in line. Reservations not required.

  1. Oil Refineries Ltd. (BAZAN)
    Meeting place: BAZAN’s outdoor parking lot. Waze: BAZAN Visitors Center. Reserved parking will be available for visitors.
    Tours of the oil refineries compound built by the British in 1939, which at the time also housed the administration buildings that are still used by BAZAN’s management today. Some of the original elements of this colonialist structure have been preserved, including the original cooling towers – a symbol of Haifa and historic landmark – and the residences of the British engineers, next to which there are squash and tennis courts. Tour participants will be taken to the different buildings in the compound by bus, starting with the Visitors Center inside the cooling towers, where Yuval Bilenko, the Center’s director, will explain the history of the site. After that, visitors will continue to tour other parts of the plant with Shlomi Basson, BAZAN’s Deputy CEO, and continue from there to the administration buildings avenue, where they will meet the architect Eran Mebel, who designed the Visitors Center and will talk about the architectural qualities of the buildings. The tours will conclude with a session with Shmulik Kisselov, who will share memories of the period he lived in employee housing on the premises together with his family.
    Thursday, July 19th, 10:00, 11:30 and 13:30; Friday, July 20th, 10:00
    Advance reservations required; each of the 4 tours is limited to 150 participants. To sign up: call *8696 or send an email to 
  2. The Old City Hall Building and City Council Meeting Room
    Meeting place: the entrance to City Hall, 14 Hassan Shukri St.
    City Hall: the architect Benjamin Chaikin, 1941; Old courthouses: the architect Austen St. Barbe Harrison, 1933
    Walid Karkabi, the Haifa Municipality’s conservation architect, leads this tour of Haifa’s old City Hall building, the City Council meeting room on the second floor that was recently restored, and the adjacent courthouses (currently the State Comptroller’s Office). Karkabi will highlight the modernist architectural elements of the buildings, which combine local traditions such as stone construction and arches, and illustrate how the British attempted to develop a local architectural style called “Mandate architecture.” Karkabi will also talk about the decision to position two major public institutions – City Hall and the courthouses – on the seam between the two main parts of the city in the 1930’s – the lower city and Hadar.
    Thursday, July 19th, 15:00
    Open tour. Reservations not required. 
  3. The Templer Community House and Templer School
    11 Ben Gurion Blvd.
    Years of construction: 1869 and 1902; Restoration and conversion of the buildings into a museum: the architect Dagan Mochly, 2004
    Guided tours of a compound that currently houses the Haifa City Museum and includes two Templer buildings: the community house – the first Templer building constructed in the country – and the Templer school. The tours will recount the story of the Templer community in Haifa and the changes the buildings have undergone over time: the community house that was built in 1869 as a gathering place and also served as a German school for the members of the Templer Society (who came to the country in the 19th century because they believed their presence here would lead to the world’s redemption), and the school that was built in the compound in 1902 to accommodate the growing community.
    Thursday, July 19th, 16:00 and 17:00; Friday, July 20th, 11:00 and 12:00; Saturday July 21st, 11:00 and 12:00
    6 tours, each limited to the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required. 
  4. The Trifon Residence
    40 Henrietta Szold St. / 11 HaHashmona’im St.
    Architects: Menachem Dabran, 1941; Renovation and interior design architect: Kathy Nuriel, 2000
    A visit at an apartment situated in a large stone building designed in the International Style, with round balconies and surrounded by terraces with lush vegetation. The house was built in the 1940’s by the Trifon family and was among the first constructed on this slope of the mountain. During its renovation, the stone walls were retrofitted and the blueprint was entirely revamped to adapt the house to the needs of the family that bought it. Its urban-rural character and its architectural qualities, which are typical of Mandatory construction in Haifa, were however preserved.
    Thursday, July 19th, 16:00-19:00; Friday, July 20th, 10:00-15:00
    Open house. Reservations not required. 
  5. The House on 3 HaNamal Street
    3 Ha’atzmaut Rd.
    Architect: Clifford Holliday, 1937; Residential conversion architect: Guy Katz; Interior design: Kuns – Eldar Architects, 2018
    An opportunity to become familiar with an urban renewal project based on an innovative and fashionable approach to relatively inexpensive housing – namely, a shared housing concept where the tenants share the common areas. The project is situated in an International Style building that is part of the Holliday Façade designed by the British architect, Clifford Holliday, in the 1930’s. Built after draining the Ha’atzmaut Road strip (formerly called Kingsway), it created the longest façade of a government building in the Middle East at the time of its construction. The building has a number of International Style features: horizontal windows, facades with rounded corners and a thermometer window in the stairwell. At one point in time, the building was used to house dock workers and after that was abandoned for many years.
    Thursday, July 19th, 16:00-19:00; Saturday July 21st, 14:00-17:00. Tours will leave from the entrance to the building every 30 minutes.
    Open tours. Reservations not required.
  6. An Apartment on Tsafririm Street
    20 Tsafririm St.
    Interior design: Bosmat Almagor, 2013
    A visit at an apartment in a small building dating back to the 1950’s, located on the main street of the Carmeliya neighborhood. The 170 m² apartment, whose main space is surrounded by a green landscape and features high 3.20-meter ceilings, was built out of “debesh” walls (a traditional construction method that incorporates thick mortar and rubble-filled walls). It was remodeled from top to bottom by the interior designer to better meet the needs of her family.
    Thursday, July 19th, 17:00-20:00; Friday, July 20th, 13:00-16:00; Saturday July 21st, 11:00-17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required.
  7. The Flea Market from Within and from Without
    Meeting place: next to the entrance to the Train Museum on 1 Hativat Golani Rd.
    A tour with Yigal Greiber – who researches Haifa and the Land of Israel and sits on the board of the Haifa History Society. He will recount Haifa’s story through a number of stations in the lower city and Wadi Salib: the Jezreel Valley Train monument from 1905, the memorial to King Faisal I of Iraq, the fresco uncovered in 2012 in a nuts and dried fruit shop that describes a sea and air battle in World War I, the el-Halil family’s private cemetery and the Istiklal mosque.
    Thursday, July 19th, 17:00; Friday, July 20th, 11:00; Saturday, July 21st, 11:00
    3 open tours. Reservations not required. 
  8. Petite in the Lower City
    8 Sarah St.
    Interior design: Halit Karsh, 2017
    A visit at an unusual 27 m2 apartment with 4.5-meter high ceilings and no natural light, situated in a building constructed in 1947 in the Lower City. The apartment recently underwent extensive renovation, while utilizing the tiny space to the fullest and making use of unconventional finishing materials, such as corrugated tin, which together create a flexible and modern living environment.
    Thursday, July 19th, 14:30-17:30; Friday, July 20th, 14:00-17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required. 
  9. Schumacher House
    12 Ben Gurion Blvd., German Colony
    A visit at one of the first Templer houses built in the country, which is about to undergo restoration. It was built in 1870 by Jacob Schumacher, an engineer and mason and one of the leaders of the Templer community in Haifa. He designed the houses in the Colony and carved verses from the Book of Psalms on their facades. Schumacher’s home, which is across from the Templer community house, is considered a milestone in the development of Land of Israel architecture in the 19th century. One can identify the beginning of a building style that blends German design with local construction, articulated in the arches on the façade, the front porch and the suspended balcony. The house was a starting point for expeditions that came to explore the Holy Land and later housed the American consulate. Because the house is like it was when its original owners lived there, one can still see some original construction, flooring and carpentry elements, as well as frescos that were recently uncovered.
    There will be guided tours on Thursday afternoon and also on Friday at 9:00. During the remaining opening hours, entry will be in small, self-guided groups.
    Thursday, July 19th, 17:00-20:00 (guided tours every hour on the hour, the last one starting at 19:00); Friday, July 20th, 9:00-12:00 (a guided tour at 9:00) and 16:00-19:00; Saturday July 21st, 11:00-17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required. 
  10. WIZO Haifa Academy
    21 HaGanim St., German Colony
    Architects: Yoram Popper, E.E. Hirsch Architects, together with the architect Luciano Santandreu, 2002
    A tour with the architect, Yoram Popper, at a building he designed – a former music school that was converted into the WIZO Haifa Academy. The project won an internal architectural design competition held by the teachers at the Department of Architecture at WIZO. Popper will talk about the renewed design of the building and the design concept underlying the project: the creation of a town square that would be part of the restoration of Haifa’s German Colony which was taking shape at the time.
    Friday, July 20th, 11:00
    The building is also open for self-guided visits on Thursday, July 19th, 12:00-20:00 and on Saturday July 21st, 10:00 -22:00
    Open tour. Reservations not required.