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Protests in Athens over demolition of Art Deco building

More coverage of the proposed demolition of two buildings [1] that currently block the view of the New Acropolis Museum which is due to open next year.

New York Times [2]

Arts, Briefly
Published: November 6, 2007

Art Deco Building

Thousands of protesters demonstrated yesterday in Athens to prevent the demolition of an Art Deco building near a new museum on the Acropolis, Agence France-Presse reported. Neighborhood residents, supported by an international petition carrying 8,000 signatures, are appealing plans authorizing the destruction of the building that were approved this year by the Archaeology High Council and endorsed by the minister of culture. Officials of the new museum, scheduled to open next year at the foot of the Acropolis, say the Art Deco structure and another building, owned by the Greek composer Vangelis, obstruct the view from the museum’s restaurant. The neighborhood residents are also waiting for a ruling from the Ministry of Environment and Public Works. They are supported by the modern Greek architecture specialist François Loyer of the National Center for Scientific Research in France, who said in a letter to the Greek culture minister, Michalis Liapis, that the demolitions would be a major “error.” The 1930 Art Deco building was designed by Vassilis Kouremenos, who trained at the Beaux-Arts academy in Paris.