Tel Aviv City Hall

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Tel Aviv City Hall
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Tel Aviv City Hall, view from Rabin Square
General information
Architectural styleBrutalism
Location69 Ibn Gvirol Street, Tel Aviv, Israel
Coordinates32°04′55″N 34°46′50″E / 32.08194°N 34.78056°E / 32.08194; 34.78056Coordinates: 32°04′55″N 34°46′50″E / 32.08194°N 34.78056°E / 32.08194; 34.78056
Completed1966
Design and construction
ArchitectMenachem Cohen

Tel Aviv City Hall (Hebrew: בית עיריית תל אביבBeit Iriyat Tel Aviv) is the municipal government center of Tel Aviv, Israel. It houses the mayor's office, the meeting chambers and offices of the Tel Aviv City Council.

History[edit]

Old Tel Aviv City Hall, 1930s
Restored historical city hall, 2007

The Tel Aviv municipality was initially located on Rothschild Boulevard. When more office space was needed, the municipality rented a hotel on Bialik Street, near the home of national poet Chaim Nachman Bialik, which had been built by the Skura family in 1924. The hotel had opened for business in 1925 but was deemed unprofitable due to the lack of tourists. In 1928, the municipality bought the hotel. Later, it housed a courthouse on the ground floor.[1]

A new city hall was designed in the 1950s by architect Menachem Cohen, in the Brutalist style. The large plaza at the foot of the building, first named Kings of Israel Square and renamed to Rabin Square in 1995, was designed as a central area for public events and ceremonies.[2] It is located on Ibn Gabirol Street.

In 1972, the old Skura building was converted into a museum for the history of Tel Aviv. In 2006, the municipality hired an architectural firm to carry out restoration work on the building.[3]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • "Tel Aviv city hall". Retrieved 2010-05-18.
  • "The celebration of 100 years of Tel Aviv". 3D.Israel.com. Retrieved 2010-05-08.