NİHAT DELIBAŞI / IZMIR
The restoration process begins in the Yeni Şükran Hotel, one of the iconic places of the Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar, which has witnessed the works carried out against the occupation of İzmir and which, according to official records, dates back to 115 years. Nazmi Filibeli, the 5th generation representative of the Filibeli Family, said that the process that will start with the repair will cost 1.5 million dollars. Stating that they continue to negotiate with the investors for the use of the second floor of the building, whose restoration and subsequent restoration will be completed in 14 months, as a hotel, Filibeli announced that they are in talks with brand clothing chains for the lower floor. Filibeli said, “The Historical Kemeraltı Bazaar, which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List and is a candidate for the permanent heritage list, will be a center of attraction. We are very happy to be signing one of the iconic works of this process.”
Filibeli emphasized that the building, which was built as the residence of Hacı Hasan Pasha, who was the mayor of İzmir in the last period of the Ottoman Empire, and took its current form with the additions made, was rapidly worn out as a result of contempt, and that there were abrasions at the point that would threaten human life. Explaining that he focused on the efforts to evacuate the building after the earthquake that caused destruction and loss of life in the city in October 2020, and that they decided to start work in July after the Council of Monuments approved the restoration project, Filibeli stated that the building, which had worn out over the years, needed a serious repair. Filibeli said, “My dream is to revive the building with the project that has been done. I want to give a multifunctional function by eliminating the mistakes related to the use of the building in the past and making it original.”
It will be a multifunctional venue.
Filibeli stated that while drawing the project, he wanted to use it as a single place and that they would revive the historical place with a style that can be delivered to a prestigious brand with a single key with multiple entrances and exits, and informed that they will transfer the lower floor to a prestigious brand for its operation, and that they aim to use the upper floor as a hotel. Stating that the terrace of the building is also on the agenda, Filibeli said, “The important thing is that the place lives. We want to create a living space for the city, Kemeraltı, by preserving the original structure. The thing that excites me the most is that Kemeraltı is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Kemeraltı is a very valuable diamond waiting to be mined under the ground. I felt the need to rework the space that belonged to me in order to remove the soil on this diamond, which was covered with earth like Kemeraltı. The building will definitely not be a mall. Here, in today’s snack style, there will be a place where visitors can spend time at noon and in the evening. We estimate the repair and subsequent restoration time of 12-14 months. We estimated a cost of 1.5 million dollars. After all these works are completed, a symbolic structure will emerge where the name of the Filibeli Family is kept alive.”
French insurance company records date to 1905
The Şükran Hotel is 115 considering the insurance policy prepared by the French insurance company dated 1905, but according to oral history sources, it has served many functions in its past of more than 130 years. While there is a coffee house on the ground floor of the hotel, named after Hacı Hasan Bey, who was the mayor of İzmir during the occupation years, the historical building, which also witnessed the works carried out against the occupation of İzmir, became the symbol of the city’s memory by being mentioned with the name of the famous restaurant in 1941.
Source: Dünya Gazetesi by www.dunya.com.
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