A few decades ago, Hoda and Cameel Halim left Egypt and headed for Chicago in the United States, with only $900 in their pockets, dreaming of a better life and a prosperous future. Even though they had initially studied pharmacy and structural engineering, it was not long before they developed a real passion for an unexpected form of art.
The couple found joy among the walls of historic homes. From remarkable statues to priceless timepieces, the Halim family rapidly discovered a new passion for restoration and renovation. In no time, the duo became synonymous with historic treasures among their acquaintances.
After years of significant contributions and breath-taking restorations, the Halim family has finally decided to take their passion to the next level by opening their very own museum, which is set to focus on their two favourite elements: timepieces and stained glass.
Cameel is inarguably known for saving and collecting Chinese timepieces, as well as colourful windows that go back to the 19th and 20th century. According to the expert himself, the windows required a great deal of work, as they were all found in devastating conditions. While some were removed from their original setting, others were broken into pieces by the time Halim had found them. However, owing to his restoration experience, he was able to bring them back to life with the help of Gilbertson’s Stained Glass in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
A large part of his diversified collection of timepieces came from the famous Time Museum in the Rockford, Illinois, which sold its collection a while ago.
The self-taught collector will be showcasing his life-long collected works that he has assembled over the years while visiting leading museums around the city. The Halim Museum of Time Glass is expected to welcome its first batch of enthusiasts early next year.