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The Rothschild Boulevard Tel Aviv

 

 

The Rothschild Boulevard

 

What is The Famous Boulevard in Tel Aviv?

 

Rothschild Boulevard is the central street of Tel Aviv named after Edmond James de Rothschild on April 4, 1909, Rehov Haam, or in Hebrew, the street of the people was the heart of the first modern Hebrew city in the Middle East with bustling Coffee shops, boutique hotels, restaurants and art galleries.

This tree-lined boulevard is a long pedestrian street with a variety of Bauhaus Buildings stretching from Neve Tzedek Neighborhood via Meir Dizengoff house, where David Ben Gurion declared Israel's independence( The independence hall ), Allenby Street, and all the way North to central Tel Aviv District, where you can find the Habima Square, Habima theater, and not far away the Rabin Square and Sarona.

The streets were designed to be the central part of the new city with many beautiful buildings aside, most of the buildings today are constructed in a Bauhaus or eclectic style and merged with new towers in between. Starting from the Neve Zedek neighborhood and ending at the cultural center of Tel Aviv, "Habima".

Today, while walking the "independence Trail" you can see the house of Meir Dizengoff, the first Mayor of Tel Aviv, the first bank of Tel Aviv, the home of the "Haganah" organization, contemporary art galleries, and many Hi-Tech companies.
Enjoy the local restaurants and bars while walking on the most expensive street of the “ White City”.

 

Rothschild Blvd Brief History

 

Tel Aviv was established in 1909 as a self-built residential neighborhood for the Jews of Jaffa (now Neve-Zedek), and only in the 1920s, it began to expand towards Rothschild Boulevard(Sderot Rothschild). In December 1910, the "Ahuzat Bait" committee decided to name the city's first avenue after Baron Rothschild. The boulevard started from Neve Tzedek to the west of "Ahuzat-Bait", and its shoulder in the east led to an open area of ​​sand. When "Ahuzat-Bait" became Tel Aviv, more houses were added east of the boulevard. Most houses built during this period were built in a mixed style - a combination of Eastern and European styles.

Rothschild Boulevard was a transverse street that crossed Herzl Street (the first street in the city), Ahad Haam, Lilienblum, Yehuda Halevi, and Allenby St.

Today, some of the old houses of the boulevard are overshadowed by new towers, but the architectural charm of the ancient stone houses, a large part of which have undergone restoration and renovation in an authentic preservation trend, has not expired. Besides the buildings of historic architectural importance and the museums, there are also cultural institutions, education, and financial centers on the boulevard. The fascinating urban show is joined by sculptures and works of art, some of the exhibits are permanent, and some are displayed temporarily for limited periods. 

 

The Sources Of Architectural Inspiration For The Houses On Rothschild Avenue 

 

It all started in the 1920s when some of the younger generations of the residents of "Ahuzat Beit" were sent to study at universities in Central Europe. During this period, various ideas for fixing the world and creating an egalitarian society flourished among the young people of this continent. The ideas that dealt with all areas of life also influenced the youth of "Ahuzat Beit", who assimilated for several years into European existence.

Those who studied in Germany were influenced by the socialist concept that created a revolutionary point of view in art and design. Among the creators of the revolution in these fields, there was a school called "Bauhaus" for architecture. The premise of the work learned at the "Bauhaus" presented an innovative residential model whose purpose was to turn its back on building luxurious houses for the rich and designing comfortable homes for the working class. In the 1930s, when the seeds of Nazism spread in Germany and other European countries, many young people returned to Tel Aviv.

The returning boys were happily welcomed back to the city whose lands were thirsty for new construction. This made possible the construction of thousands of houses in the "Bauhaus" style and in an eclectic style that combines Eastern and European design across its streets in about 15 years between 1931 and 1956.

The Bauhaus houses are recognizable due to the shape of the asymmetric square structure combined with simple geometric shapes. The windows are rectangular and long-sided like in factories, or round like in ships, and the facades of the houses and balconies are rounded.

Most of the houses rely on columns, and the lower level is free for the gathering of tenants and allows for the separation of the living level from the street. Looking from above, you can see the flat roofs, this surface was also inspired by a social concept to allow residents to gather and meet. The unique architectural stamp of the Tel Aviv "Bauhaus" was imprinted over the years by several leading architects including Aryeh Sharon, Zeev Rechter, Dov Karmi, and others, who created a building style mobilized in favor of the Mediterranean climate. Under their decision, the windows were enlarged and raised, additional light and air openings were created from the roofs, the balconies were significantly enlarged towards the street, and pergolas were built on the roofs.

Enjoy the historic building of Tel Aviv Boulevard, taste the unique cafe, dine in a trendy restaurant, and sleep in a boutique hotel, all on one street!

 

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