Since the end of the war, the Yellow House, already badly damaged by the conflict, has continued to deteriorate from ageing and acts of vandalism. Threatened with demolition at the end of the 1990s, the Yellow House was finally saved thanks to the efforts of civil society and the commitment of the City of Beirut which led to an expropriation procedure granted on grounds of public interest in 2003.

Under the terms of the expropriation decree, the Yellow House will be restored to accommodate:
- a museum,
- a cultural and artistic meeting place,
- a facility for archiving research and studies on the city of Beirut throughout history,
- an urban planning office for the City of Beirut,
- an underground car-park.

The decree also provides for the construction of a new building on the free part of the land.

The project was initiated in 2008 following a cooperation agreement between the City of Beirut and the City of Paris.

Construction work to start soon
Under the auspices of the President of the City Council, Mr Bilal Hamad, two managers have been appointed to run the Beit Beirut project, namely Mr Nadim Abourizk, Vice-President of the Council and Mr Rachid Achkar, City Councilor. Thanks to the efforts of this new team, the project advanced considerably in 2011, most notably being granted the required construction permit. The forthcoming short-term targets include choosing both the construction company and the cultural service provider responsible for bringing the concept chosen for Beit Beirut to life. Both parties will be working in coordination with the Scientific Committee.

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