Open House 21.7

Inside House // Photo: Orit Siman Tov


  1. 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. 
  1. The Apartment on 20 Yehiel
    20 Yehiel St., 3rd floor
    Architect: Haim Hary, 1932
    A visit 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 apartment, which was renovated in 2016, contains preserved elements such as the original decorative floor tiles and the arched wooden windows. Visits at the apartment will be in groups of 20.
    Saturday July 21st, 14:00-17:00
    Open house. Reservations not required. 
  1. Haifa al-Jadida
    Meeting place: 7 Hassan Shukri St.
    Keren Ben Hillel, who does architectural research and is also an artist and curator, leads this tour that will focus on local Arab construction and the changes it underwent at the end of the Ottoman period. The tour will pass through streets in lower Hadar – which is the seam between Arab architecture and the International Style – and continue from there to Wadi Salib. Ben Hillel will discuss some of the dilemmas associated with urban renewal, construction, erasing the urban landscape and historical narrative. The two-hour tour will end at the Pyramid in Wadi Salib.
    Saturday July 21st, 9:00
    Open tour. Reservations not required. 
  2. 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.
  3. Church of John the Baptist
    3 HaParsim St.
    Architect: Maha Blan; Planning team: Assad Daoud, 2012
    Tours with the architect, Maha Blan, at the church she designed. Located on the border between Wadi Salib and the German Colony, this monumental structure features Byzantine motifs (a central dome and Byzantine space) with a modern local interpretation that incorporates natural lighting effects to accent the religious symbolism. The church was built at the initiative of the Greek Orthodox community in Haifa, who also funded it, and is meant to meet their current needs. The compound includes a church with a baptistry, banquet halls, apartments for the priests and a historical structure – “The Nave House” – located next door on 45 Allenby Street, which served as the Greek Orthodox church following the establishment of Israel. The tours will start with a brief presentation.
    Saturday, July 21st, 11:30 and 13:30
    2 open tours. Reservations not required. 
  1. 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. The Wadi Salib Riots
    Meeting place: the parking lot next to the Haifa Municipality’s Education Department, on the corner of David Ben Haroush St. and Beit Shean St.
    Dr. Itai Nagari – who has researched and written a book on the Wadi Salib riots and protests by new immigrants from Muslim counties – leads this hour-long tour which will explain why the protests broke out in Wadi Salib and not somewhere else. Nagari will talk about the special role the neighborhood has played in Haifa’s history and the story surrounding the absorption of new immigrants in the early days of the State of Israel. He will also focus on Wadi Salib’s architectural features: its mix of building styles, substandard physical infrastructure and a network of stairs and narrow alleyways that lead to the relatively well-to-do Hadar Hacarmel neighborhood. These features underscored the differences between the neighborhoods and were part of the backdrop of the ethnic protests that broke out in Wadi Salib in 1959 and rocked Haifa and the entire nation.
    Saturday July 21st, 9:30
    Open tour. Reservations not required. 
  1. Graffiti in the Hadar Neighborhood
    Meeting place: outside the Bnai Zion Carmelit station on 35 Golomb St.
    The port city of Haifa is a multicultural center and the Florence of graffiti in Israel. It is the bastion of Broken Fingaz Crew, the world-renowned Israeli graffiti collective, and of other talented artists that participants will hear about during this very special tour. Alternative Tel Aviv will be coming to the art capital of northern Israel to uncover the roots of today’s art movement. The tour will showcase works by all of Haifa’s artists whose acquaintance we should make, as well as works by Tel Aviv artists that we already know and love. Participants will see real graffiti in Hebrew and Arabic and become familiar with cultural institutions from which local, original and first-class plastic art, music and street fashion are emerging.
    The 90-minute tour will focus on the Hadar neighborhood.
    Saturday July 21st, 10:00
    Open tour for the first 30 people in line. Reservations not required.

9. Historical Buildings in the Lower City
Meeting place: Paris Square, Natanson St., at the entrance to Cofix
A tour of the lower city 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 point out historical buildings in the lower city and through them recount the story of the area in the first half of the 20th century – a story in which the train, the port, the British and Ottomans, Jews and Arabs play starring roles. Zilka will also discuss the question of the lower city’s functions today and in the future. The tour lasts about two hours (a 3-km route on flat terrain).
Saturday July 21st, 9:30
Open tour. Reservations not required. 

  1. A Work in Progress
    35 Jaffa Road (the entrance is from Simtat Hazagag)
    Design and interior decor: Amir Erel – Mimi Architecture and Design
    A visit at an Ottoman building designed in the liwan style (with a main area in the middle), which was purchased in 2009 by the couple who now live there. Since then, it has been in a process of ongoing renovations that illustrates how a residential space can accommodate added living functions, such as work and play, and adapt in line with the changes in the lives and work of its owners.
    Saturday July 21st, 10:00-13:00
    Open house. Reservations not required. 
  1. 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.
  1. 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. 
  1. Adam House
    15 Ma’ale HaShichrur St.
    Renovation and restoration architects: Exterior restoration: Nili Bar-On – Idit Shlomi, Architecture and Town Planning; Interior design: Irit Solsi and Dror Gershon, Urban Architects, 2016
    Guided tours of a century-old building that was designed as a spacious residence for the Kanafanis, a wealthy Arab family who lived in it until 1948. About two years ago, it was converted into the Ben Ari, Fish, Saban & Co. law firm. The tours, which will be led by the architect, Dror Gershon, will talk about the issues that the project’s planners had to address: how to preserve the memory of the house and the lifestyle of its original owners a century later and following its conversion it into an office building, and how to design offices suited to the world of work in the 21st century in a structure designed 100 years ago that was intended for a different use? The choices that were made during the work process will also be discussed, such as the decisions to preserve the traditional layout of an Arab residence with a main space and rooms facing it, to leave the walls with the layers of paint that were painted on them over the years and are suggestive of the transformations the building underwent, to preserve the century-old frescos and to incorporate original decorative floor tiles.
    Saturday July 21st, 10:00-15:00. Tours for groups of up to 20 people will leave from the entrance to the building every 30 minutes.
    Open tours. Reservations not required. 
  1. Commercial Centers in the Lower City in the British Mandate Period
    Meeting place: Paris Square, the corner of Natanson St. and Eliyahu St.
    A walking tour with the architect, Dr. Liora Bar-Am Shahal, which will pass through the commercial centers built by the British in Haifa in the 1920’s and 1930’s. They include the old commercial center that was built following an architectural design competition in 1923 and the One Mile Strip – the modern strip mall built in 1936. The tour will highlight the unusual history of these centers, whose construction necessitated draining a coastal strip – now Ha’atzmaut Road (formerly called Kingsway). Bar-Am Shahal will also talk about their importance as the first example of modern town planning in Haifa. The two-hour tour will end at the new commercial center on the corner of Jaffa Road and Habankim Street.
    Saturday, July 21st, 11:00
    Open tour. Reservations not required. 
  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. The Copper House (Alexander Grundmann House)
    The corner of 9 HaHursha St. and HaTishbi St.
    A visit at one of the three remaining copper houses in Haifa and an opportunity to hear the story behind these buildings, which were built in the 1930’s by the German Copper House Company. The copper houses were built following a modular design competition held in Germany in 1922, won by the architect Alfred Gropius (the founder of the Bauhaus School and a pioneer of the International Style). Because they were granted ‘equipment’ status, sections of the copper houses could be taken out of Germany under what was known as the Transfer Agreement that was reached with the Nazi authorities in 1933. The agreement enabled German Jews emigrating to Palestine to salvage some of the value of their property by purchasing German goods that were exported to Palestine, for which they received payment upon arrival.
    Once every 30 minutes, Reuven Goder, a tour guide and member of the Haifa History Society, will provide explanations about the building in the yard. Small groups will then be allowed to enter one of the apartments that was renovated in 2013 based on the architectural design made by Farhi Leshem, in the course of which a hammered copper wall was uncovered.
    Saturday July 21st, 10:00-13:00
    Tours for the first 30 people in line will start every 30 minutes. The last tour will be at 12:30. Reservations not required.
  1. 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. 
  1. 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.

19. 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. 

  1. 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. 
  1. The Artist Tal Givon’s Home
    19 Yehiel St.
    Visits at this artist’s home which is located in an apartment building designed in an Arab style by the architect, Haim Hary, in the 1920’s. It features a main area called a liwan that is flanked by rooms on both sides. During the sessions with Givon, she will talk about the neighborhood and the historical and social processes that took place there in the last 100 years, as well as Wadi Salib and the port that her apartment looks out on. She will focus on the heyday of Wadi Salib, the Arab population that left in 1948, the new immigrants who later occupied the homes in the wadi, the 1959 riots, and the dilemmas that preoccupy her today as an artist who lives in the area.
    Friday, July 20th, 16:00 and 17:30; Saturday July 21st, 15:00 and 16:30
    4 sessions limited to 30 participants each. Reservations not required. 
  1. A Villa on Hague Street
    10 Hague St., Denia
    Architect: Ariel Franco, 2018
    Guided tours of a new three-story villa, built on the slope of Mount Carmel and overlooking riverbeds and the Mediterranean. The villa was designed as a tiered structure that juts out of the slope, whose modernist style combines wood, aluminum, iron and natural stone. During the tours, the architects will also point out the two dominant architectural elements in the house, which connect it with the surrounding nature: the floating roofs that extend beyond the interior spaces and the numerous windows and views that open up to the landscape.
    Friday, July 20th, 10:00-13:00; Saturday July 21st, 10:00-13:00
    The tours will be in groups of 20. Reservations not required.

23. 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.

  1. 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.