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Modern Beirut - Charles Corm

Posted: Mar 21 2011

Modern Beirut - Charles Corm

Iron, steel, glass and concrete; the rational beauty of a functional new age. George Arbid, architect and AUB professor, gives us access to his archive for an overview of a period too often neglected.

Influenced by a visit to New York, industrialist-turned-poet Charles Corm designed this to house the Ford agency and showroom in 1928. One of Beirut’s first concrete buildings, it was a striking Art Deco addition. Later, it became Corm’s extraordinary family house, and work is now scheduled to transform it into a cultural centre.

Near the Lycée Français, Achrafieh.

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