The National Organization for Urban Harmony aims to apply the project in most documented historical buildings all across Egypt.
When the time-worn cracked buildings of the Khedive area went under restoration last year, no one expected the outcome will revive the glorious charm of the once abandoned place. Aiming to bring back the beauty of broken-down historical building, the National Organization for Urban Harmony, decided to apply the restoration project enforced at the Khedive area’s buildings all across heritage sites in different governorates. The decision was declared in a meeting took place on Sunday when the board gathered to discuss the obstacles preventing applying the project.
Heads of committees that document historical places in need of restoration gathered requesting to unify the data base all across the country.
Moreover, they stated that one of their main requirements is to update the existing database with the situation of each building’s renovation requirements.
The main challenge the National Organization for Urban Harmony faces nowadays, is to allocate a budget with the help of Ministry of Local Development to apply the project across the country.
Renovating Khedive area, started in 2016 in an attempt of celebrating the 150th anniversary of establishing Khedive Cairo. The first phase included renewing 80 buildings in Fatimid Cairo, Al-Muez Street, and Sour El-Azbakeya, Al-Alfi Street, and Talaat Harb Square.
The second phase, applied in May, included “Khedive building”, one of the main structures near Tahrir Square. The building is one of the first constructed buildings of 19th century Khedival Cairo. For over 100 years, it has had a reputation of one of the most visit-able streets down town.
Khedive Cairo was established starting in 1867 under the rule of Khedive Ismail, with the help of French architect Housman. The architectural jump during that era caused Cairo to be dubbed the “Middle Eastern Paris.”
The Khedive area goes from Qasr El-Nile to Attaba, crossing the Cairo Opera House and Moskey area.