Egypt to restorate historical Suez Canal House
The Suez Canal Authority started evacuating its historic administrative building in Port Said, also known as the Suez Canal House, to begin its building restore project.
The Port Said Archeological Area manager, Tarek Ibrahim, said the Arab Contractors Company is carrying out the renovation work at a cost of LE 60 million.
Ibrahim added that he had received from France the initial building engineering manual which will be used to direct the reconstruction work – which involves the repair of a crack in the northern dome.
Planned by a French architect, the Edmond Coignet concrete blocks company began construction of the building in 1890.
Built on an area of 2.230 meters on the canal's west side, the Suez Canal House is surrounded by North, South and East canal waters. It consists of a three-story central building with basement, topped with three faience-covered domes.
During the rule of Khedive Abbas Helmy II, the building was designed in 1895 directly on the Suez Canal in the shape of an Islamic-style palace, evident by the three green domes that rise above the building and the internal decoration of the floors , walls, lanterns and interior decorations of the windows.
Port Said Governor Major General Adel al-Ghadban said in August 2017 that plans are being made to convert the old administrative building into a museum of Suez Canal history.
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