Bushara El Khoury Mansion is a 19th century abandoned palace located in Zokak el Blat, Beirut, Lebanon.
In the 1860’s, Zokak el-Blat used to be one of the ‘upper class’ districts, where rich people built their villas or palaces and ambassadors had their residences. It was one of the first suburbs of Beirut, and the first quarter to have a paved road, hence the name ‘Zokak el-Blatt’ (the cobbled, or paved road).
For several years due to war, loot and destruction, refugees and squatters have occupied and abandoned the palace leaving it in a poor shape without the beautiful details and italian ornaments. This palace was once owned by El Khoury family then the Municipality took its decision to appropriate it in 2008.
Today, this heritage palace is occupied by a carpenter who claims to pay rent to the Municipality and a gentleman who once used to serve the El Khoury family as a butler.
The appropriation of the 19th century mansions aims at preventing their further depreciation and deterioration as well as their preservation as relics of an Arabo-Lebanese belle epoque.
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