Lorenzo House Cultural Center

Hetenahperformingandvisualartscenter

Need: Providing a permanent home to Jerusalem’s performing arts groups is vital to the long-term health of its cultural infrastructure; a thriving arts scene is necessary in order to implement urban renewal in downtown Jerusalem and lay foundations for the city’s future as a vibrant, thriving metropolis. Preserving landmark buildings and Jerusalem’s history, while also laying the groundwork for its future, proves a challenging task, requiring a delicate balance.

Response: The Seraphin Lorenzo House, a landmark site located steps away from the Waldorf Astoria, the Old City Walls, and Ben Yehuda Street, provides a unique opportunity to create a new multi-disciplinary cultural center in the heart of Jerusalem: The ground floor will house a visual arts gallery and artist’s workshops by day, as well as a café for tourists and passers-by, with avant-garde performances and readings taking place at night. The top floor and rooftop will house two premier Jerusalem music groups, equipping them with office and rehearsal space, as well as a magnificent rooftop concert hall.  Building new, permanent homes for Jerusalem-based arts groups is crucial to keeping them in the city; the house’s location means that the artistic activities that it hosts will be leveraged to help form Jerusalem’s new Cultural Quarter, a transformative project taking place in downtown Jerusalem.

Population Served: Tourists, residents, music lovers

Impact:  This project will allow two orchestras become staples of Jerusalem’s cultural scene; music’s ability to transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries makes it especially suited for tourist with no knowledge of Hebrew. The new cultural center will act as a catalyst for further urban renewal in the area. The renovations will preserve this beautiful building, and help educate the public about its unique history.

Partners:  Jerusalem Municipality;Jerusalem Development Authority

Total Cost of Project:30 million NIS

Impact:  This project will allow two orchestras become staples of downtown Jerusalem’s cultural scene; music’s ability to transcend linguistic and cultural boundaries makes it especially suited for tourists, who can enjoy concerts even with little or no knowledge of Hebrew. The new concert center will act as a catalyst for further urban renewal in the area. The renovations will preserve this beautiful building, and help educate the public about its unique history.

Partners:  Jerusalem Municipality;Jerusalem Development Authority

Funding Needed:30 million NIS