Guided tours of a house that was built on the fringes of the German Colony at the end of the 19th century. The building materials that were used (wooden steps, decorative floor tiles and concrete roof shingles) were manufactured by Templer craftsmen.
The house was originally owned by the Katoni family, who were merchants that also had a shipping company. In 1935, the ownership of the house was transferred to Aziz Mikati, a Muslim merchant from Lebanon who owned a cigarette factory and served on the Haifa City Council. Towards the end of the British Mandate period, the building was converted into a restaurant called The Old Bell. Following the establishment of the State of Israel, it housed a teachers college.
The Johannes PFÄNDER boutique hotel is scheduled to open shortly in the building – whose restoration is nearing completion. The hotel is named after the Templer artist whose grotesque and Neoclassical-style paintings decorate the walls and ceilings of the building.
Tours dealing with the ceiling frescoes that were uncovered during the restoration process, led by the restorers Shay Farkash and Eli Shaltiel from Studio Tchelet, will be held on Thursday, November 28th at 12:00, on Friday, November 29th at 10:00, and on Saturday, November 30th at 10:00.
Tours led by the hotel’s interior designers, Tsili Giladi and Bosmat Almagor, will be held on Thursday, November 28th at 13:00 and 14:00, on Friday, November 29th at 11:00 and 12:00, and on Saturday, November 30th at 11:00 and 12:00.
The tours will last about 45 minutes.