The mill occupies the ground floor of a three story building thought to date back to the nineteenth century. Abandoned for more than forty years, it was used as a flour mill and bakery, and later as stables. It comprises four cross-vaulted rooms, with a total area of 160 sq. meters.
The rehabilitation work aimed at adapting the building to be used as a modern computer center while maintaining its originality and cultural value. The restoration work eliminated humidity and dampness, allowing in more light by adding glass doors to the two entrances. The earth-compacter floor was paved with marble and two toilets and a kitchenette were added.
Source: Old City of Jerusalem Revitalisation Programme
Jerusalem Old City Revitalisation Program On-site Review Report, edited by Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2001.
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