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DESTROY below the ACROPOLIS

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Published on Nov 8, 2007

SHALL THEY DEMOLISH A WORK OF ART,
TO REVEAL A RESTAURANT TERRACE?

DELISTING, WITH AN INTENT TO DEMOLISH, OF A PROTECTED BUILIDING AT 17 DIONYSIOU AREOPAGITOU STR., ATHENS.

(see also the greek version)
More at: http://areopagitou17.blogspot.com

The building at 17 Dionysiou Areopagitou, below the Acropolis, ranks according to architecture historians among the most significant early 20th century monuments, and is the most beautiful Art Deco specimen in Athens. Its façade is decorated with mosaics, sculptures and grey and pink marble. It was designed in 1930 by the famous greek architect Vassilis Kouremenos (1875 -- 1957).

The building was listed as protected by the ministry of physical planning in 1978, along with another eight on the same street, and as a Work of Art by the culture ministry in 1988.

After fierce debate and a hung vote which was resolved by the chairman's double vote, it was recommended that the building at 17 Dion. Areopagitou be de-listed as a Work of Art, so that it may also be de-listed as protected, together with its neighbour, and be demolished. The reason: the buildings partly block the view between the New Acropolis Museum and the Acropolis.

Demolishing the two listed buildings would mutilate the architectural continuum of Dionysiou Areopagitou, which helps make this walkway one of the most interesting and beautiful in Europe. It would also vanquish an important piece of our modern urban history. Ironically, this is for the benefit of a museum site, whose mission should be to preserve and transmit memory, not to destroy it.

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