ICOMOS Convention – Haifa & Frankfurt: Market Halls of the 20th Century – Preserving, Renewal and Re-Use of Modern Monuments

The discussion series “Context, Contrast, Continuity – Heritage Conservation and Urban
Development” continues with its second online event focusing on historic market halls as specific
building types: How can these monuments be preserved, renovated, and adapted for current
requirements and uses? The Talpiot Haifa Market and the Grossmarkthalle (wholesales market hall)
in Frankfurt are at the center of the evening’s discussion. The market hall in Haifa’s Hadar district had
been built between 1937 and 1940 according to plans by the architect Moshe Gerstel in the
International (Bauhaus) Style. Under the British Mandate, the market hall was an important
landmark for bourgeois Europeans. The Grossmarkthalle in Frankfurt was built from 1926 to 1928
according to plans by Martin Elsaesser as part of the Neues Frankfurt program for the growing
metropolis. The historic market hall building has been renovated and converted to new use by the
architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au: today it forms an integral part of the new headquarters for the
European Central Bank. Architect Amir Freundlich will introduce the Talpoit Haifa Market building while Andrea Jürges,
Deputy Director of the Deutsches Architekturmuseum (German Architecture Museum), will introduce
the Grossmarkthalle Frankfurt as well as other market halls and their current state – followed by a

discussion with Dr. Regev Nathansohn (anthropologist at Sapir Academic College, Sha’ar HaNegev)
and with Architect Guy Sachar from the Haifa Municipality Department of Conservation.
The online event will be conducted in English; Inbal Ben-Asher Gitler will be the moderator.
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