Saving Beirut’s crumbling heritage architecture – CNN.com

“If five people walk across here at once, the floor sways,” architect Nehmat Alameh tells CNN, as she moves across the upper level of the crumbling, three-story 1870s mansion, typical of Beirut’s Ottoman period.Beit Kassar was once the opulent, 750 square meter-home of the Tarazi family, who made their money in the antiquities trade and postcard industry.But in recent years, glass has been absent from its arch-topped windows and some of the exquisitely illustrated ceilings have crumbled.

Source: Saving Beirut’s crumbling heritage architecture – CNN.com

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