Charles Ayrout

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Charles Habib Ayrout (Arabic: شارل حبيب عيروط) was an architect practicing in Cairo and is considered as one of that city's Belle Epoque/Art Déco (1920–1940) architects for his landmark buildings and villas.[1]


His father, Habib Ayrout, was a Lebanese-Egyptian architect and contractor practicing in Cairo. After being educated in Paris as an engineer-architect, Habib Ayrout participated in the planning and construction of Heliopolis.[2]

Charles Ayrout had two brothers Henry Habib Ayrout and Max Ayrout who was also an architect practicing in Cairo.[2]


Ayrout was part of a movement of French educated Syrio-Lebanese Egyptian architects, who were strongly influenced by the French 'modern classicism' of Michel Poux-Spitz and Pol Abraham. This movement also included Antonine Selim Nahas and Raymond Antonious.[3]

Works in Cairo include
  • ?? Bldg, 26 July/Hassan Sabri, Zamalek
  • 25 Mansour Street, Bab al-Louk
  • Ayrout Bldg, Cherif Pasha Street
  • Bldg Shawarby Street
  • Ayrout Villa, Zamalek
  • Mosseri Building (now Mofti) on Shagaret Al Durr St., Zamalek
  • Bishara Bldg, Nile Avenue
  • Halim Doss Bldg, Midan Shafakhana
  • Ibrahimieh Secondary School, Garden City
  • Kahil Bldg, Kantaret al-Dikka
  • Bldg Gamal el Dine Abou El Mahassen, Garden City (1951)
  • Villa Valadji, Heliopolis

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mercedes Volait Le Caire-Alexandrie: Architectures Européennes 1850-1950 (co-edition IFAO/CEDEJ 2001)
  2. ^ a b Timothy Mitchell Rule of Experts: Egypt, Techno-Politics, Modernity, University of California Press, 2002, pg. 332
  3. ^ R. Stephen Sennott (editor), Encyclopedia of 20th Century Architecture, Vol. 1, Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 2004, pg. 202
  4. ^ Cairo's Belle Époque architects 1900 - 1950, compiled by Samir Raafat

Further reading[edit]

Studies where Ayrout's work is discussed:

On the Belle Époque architecture in Cairo:

  • Cynthia Myntti, Paris Along the Nile: Architecture in Cairo from the Belle Epoque, American University in Cairo Press, 2003.
  • Trevor Mostyn, Egypt's Belle Epoque: Cairo and the Age of the Hedonists, Tauris Parke Paperbacks, 2006.
  • A list of Cairo's Belle Époque architects 1900 - 1950, compiled by Samir Raafat.