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Endangered building


 To say that Addis has its own architectural style is too much to say. Rather, there is a booming of buildings which most of them seem to be copies of Western style. New buildings of glass and granite are sprouting here and there on the Addis skyline.

But when it comes to preserving the cultural treasures of the city, the concerned officials have been slow to act.Many buildings considered historically significant are sufferring from poor maintenance and are on the verge of collapse.

The beautiful two-storey building featured in the Addis Ababa City Map above is located in Kazanchis Menahrya area.It dates back to the 1920s where it was the residence of Fitawrari Atnaf Seged.Currently it is hosting Yelebe Fana Primary school.

According to local informants, the house was built by an Indian architect, Woli Mohammed, who gave his cultural print to building style.It is a critical period for the complex if it is to be preserved and reused.

Categories: Addis architecture
  1. January 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

    So good to have you back, arefe! You’ve been greatly missed.

    Regarding the building, i remember a show on etv a few years back regarding histroical edifices that weren’t getting the kind of attention they deserve, putting them in the danger of falling and taking history with them. Still, you don’t see much being done about them inspite of all the construction work taking place in our country. Anywho, i’m delighted to see this post. LinaDinachew banchil leTariQ zegbo maQoyetim dirshan mewetat new.

    Here is my attempt at “zegbo maQoyet”ing another building with a sentimental value to most: A Eulogy for “Sholan Geremew”. Check it, and the video, out when you get the time.

    Melkam YeGenna MaGist 🙂 .

  2. January 8, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Hi again, Arefe. I`m very glad to meet you after a few dyas without conexion.

    I love this buildigns. And, I `m not a expert but I think it`s possible say there are an Addis architecture.

    Thanks you. You allways are a very good source to know Addis and Ethipia.

  3. Abush
    January 10, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Mindenew Arefe? Minew beselam newe aleqaye? tifet alk eko? lemanignawim enkuwan beselam temelesk!

    Your faithfull reader.

  4. Netsi
    August 6, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Hello Arefe, Happiness was my feeling when i see the picture. i went to Yelebe Fana when i was in elementary school. The building is still in a good condition. I thought it was built by some Italian. Anyway, good job.

  5. Netsi
    October 8, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    my elementary school………… simply i love it
    missing all the days back then……..

  1. January 7, 2009 at 10:59 pm

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