Save the “Red House”

The ‘Red House’’ is one of the oldest houses in Ras Beirut. It is distinguishable by its bright red shutters and white walls and is one of only two houses in Hamra that still retain its traditional red roof tiles. Within its walls reside traditional arches and the original tiles. It remains a symbol of a different era, in the concrete jungle that Hamra has become. In recent years Hamra’s ‘Red House’ has come under threat when, due to a family dispute, the owners evicted the residing tenants and moved to demolish this hidden treasure.
The first story of the ‘Red House’ was built in the 1970s, and the Raheiz family added the second in the 1800s. The Raheiz family settled in the area in which modern Hamra now resides 400 years ago, and gradually rose in stature in Lebanese society and bought land across Hamra. By the time they bought the ‘Red House,’ the Raheiz family represented one of the most prominent Orthodox families in Ras Beirut.

Campaign Goals

  1. Preserve the ‘Red House’
  2. Finding a use that could make it accessible to the public
We advocate for the promotion of public spaces, accessible to all, which provide a place for those sharing Lebanon’s cities to come together regardless of their personal and social backgrounds. We believe that providing equal access to neutral public spaces fosters unity and encourages positive dialogue between different communities within Lebanese society.

Campaign Highlights

Nov 2016
The ‘Red House’ was classified as a heritage site

Winter 2017
Declassified as a heritage site

The Higher State Council dissolved the latter decision of the Ministry of Culture to declassify the House