What I’ve always loved about old Beirut buildings is the amount of craftsmanship that went into their stone and iron work.
From the gate designs to the grooves in the walls to the stone carved trim around windows…
It seemed contractors and architects prided themselves on these small details that would make every building unique.
Notice the column work on the first floor balcony:
The officer watched me taking photos. Did you know this house belonged to a Jewish family, I asked.
“Why not,” he said. “Many Jews lived throughout this neighborhood, even up the road,” he added pointing toward Kantari.
Like many old Beirut homes, the would-be Levy house — or Beit Levy in Arabic– is overgrown with brush; its gardens have probably gone untrimmed for decades.
I hope to learn more about Beit Levy from the woman I met in the street, who I plan to see again.
And if anyone can confirm or deny her account, or provide details about the building’s age, style or history, feel free to comment below or get in touch and I’ll update the post.