Preserving the Memory of the Greek Diaspora

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    Niovi Stavropoulou

    The “Greek House”, the historical building in which resides the Fondation Hellénique in Paris is now in need of restoration. The edifice was built in 1932 by the greek architect Nikolaos Zachos (1875-1941) and since then it has been a landmark not only of the Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris but of the parisian urban landscape as well. As the years passed the Fondation Hellénique’s home has lodged a number of personage from the world of Politics, Science and Culture and generally served as a meet point of the crème de la crème of the greek community in Paris.

    This particular construction and its surrounding gardens à l’anglaise is now in need of restoration and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) made a donation of 1.100.000 € but unfortunately it is not enough, due to the fragile nature of the building. Thus the Association des Amis de la Fondation Hellénique is organising various events in order to collect donations and support the project such as an organ recital at the Athens Conservatoire on March 15th 2019.

    It is – in my opinion- a very important project, that aims to preserve not only the heritage of a minor community in Paris but also to emphasise the architectural significance of a construction that follows the neoclassical rhythm of the interwar period.



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