Yehuda Magidovitch

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Yehuda Magidovitch
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Uman, Ukraine
Tel Aviv, Israel

Yehuda Magidovitch (1886–1961) was one of the most prolific Israeli architects. Among his prominent works are the Galei Aviv Casino, a café-restaurant (demolished in 1939), and the Cinema Esther (now Cinema Hotel), both in Tel Aviv.[1]


Early life[edit]

Yehuda Magidovitch was born in 1886 in Uman in the Ukraine. He studied in Odessa. In 1919, he emigrated to Mandatory Palestine.


Magidovitch became the first chief engineer of Tel Aviv[1] in 1920. In 1923 he established his own design and construction company. In 1934 his son Raphael also joined the office.[2]

Magidovitch's 1920s buildings were in eclectic style, but beginning in the early 1930s he started moving towards Art Deco. His first International style designs from 1934 retained a personal artistic expression.[2]


Magidovitch suffered a brain hemorrhage in 1954, which brought his professional activity to an end. He died in 1961 in Tel Aviv, Israel.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Aisenberg, Lydia: "Cinema Tel Aviv - A reel special hotel", in The Jerusalem Post, 9 August 2009
  2. ^ a b Metsger-Samoḳ, Nitsah: Des maisons sur le sable: Tel-Aviv, mouvement moderne et esprit Bauhaus, Éditions de l’éclat, 2004

External links[edit]

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