Sunday, January 29, 2012

Digital Collection Celebrates Egyptian Architect's 100th Birthday

The Rare Books and Special Collections Library is pleased to announce the launch of the Ramses Wissa Wassef Architectural Drawings collection in the Rare Books and Special Collections Digital Library. This collection documents the career of one of Egypt's most prominent 20th century architects. In celebration of the architect's centennial birthday, the collection is part of an ongoing effort to digitize and describe more than 800 architectural plans and drawings related to over 60 villas, schools, churches, banks, and apartment buildings designed by Wissa Wassef between 1935 and 1972.

Potter's House in Old Cairo perspective drawing, 1935
 Ramses Wissa Wassef (1911-1974) was an architect, artisan, artist, and teacher whose ideas and work exercised a significant influence on 20th century Egyptian arts and architecture. Some of Ramses Wissa Wassef's more notable projects, located in and around Cairo, Egypt, include the Mahmoud Mokhtar Museum, the Habib Gorgi Museum, the Mar Girgis (St. George) Coptic Church in Heliopolis, and the Coptic Church of the Virgin Mary (Mar'ashli Street Church) in Zamalek. He also designed a number of private residences around Cairo.
The Creating a Center for Architectural Archives in Egypt: Preservation and Access for the Papers of Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef project was made possible with funding from Grants to Preserve and Create Access to Humanities Collections of the National Endowment for the Humanities.