The Final Undoing of a Carmel Architectural Icon

Haifa's Lev Hacarmel was built as a hotel in the 1930s, survived wars and remained standing as an old folks' home. It now stands neglected as a legal battle to determine its future rages on.

The building which last housed the Lev Hacarmel retirement home on Heinrich Heine Square in Haifa has seen better days. For over three years it has been deserted and fenced in, due to a series of battles between entrepreneurs who bought the premises and local residents backed by the Society for Preservation of Israeli Heritage Sites. The long period of neglect has left its mark; ruin fills the rooms and the...