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The Elhamra Building

It is still a mystery if the Elhamra Building was built in 1920s or if it used to exist since a long time and was renovated comprehensively or if only its façade was renovated or not. The Elhamra Building is the only structure of Grande Rue de Pera with the elitist oriental trend of the period.
The architectural elements of Elhamra origin have not been used in façade arrangements but the building has been called the Elhamra Building. It does not have two many Moorish elements but the influence of the First National Architectural Movement is distinctly predominant.
There are two names the building is attributed to: Ekrem Hakkı Ayverdi and Architect Sedat.
The corner domes which are the massive and distinctive elements of the National Architecture Movement have been projected surface-wise and equipped with busy elements due to a single façade street fronting attached building complex.
In addition to balconies large and small which actually do not need to be present in the offices in a commercial building, the pointed arched projections must have been used to give a relative motion to the façade. Elements like pointed arched windows, geometrically decorated barriers, large pillars, niches outlined by colonettes, roses, grooved gofferings and consoles with muqarnases and broad eaves supported by thin iron rods are included in the busy façade arrangement.
However, it is a questionable contradiction that indigo blue, turquoise or white Kütahya ware tiles, which color almost all structures of any type of the First National Architecture Movement have never been used for whatever reason. In the ground floor of the six-storey building, there is access to the famed Elhamra Cinema at the back, going through a passage where there are two stores each with mezzanine floors…

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