Migdal Shalom Tower, Tel Aviv

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#16 of 19 in Historic Sites in Tel Aviv
Shalom Meir Tower is an office tower in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was Israel's first skyscraper, and was designed by architects Yitzhak Pearlstein, Gideon Ziv, and Meir Levy. When its construction was completed in 1965, it was the tallest building in the Middle East and rivaled the tallest buildings in Europe in height. To build the tower, the historic Herzliya Hebrew Gymnasium had to be demolished. The Shalom Tower now houses the Tel Aviv Center comprising a number of permanent and temporary exhibitions dedicated to the beginnings and development of Tel Aviv.
The tower was built on the site of the Herzliya Hebrew High School, better known as Herzliya Gymnasium. The school's architecturally and historically significant structure was razed and the school relocated in order to build the tower in 1962. This decision was later regretted and the contour of the Herzliya Gymnasium became the emblem of the Society for Preservation of Israel Heritage Sites (SPIHS).
The tower was built by the "Meir Brothers", Moshe, Mordechai and Menachem Meir, who named it after their father, Reb Shalom-Shachna Meir, born in Sanok in Galicia. Shalom-Shachna Meir married the daughter of a rich manufacturer from the Romanian region of Moldova, where he lived until 1920, becoming a successful businessman as well as a leader of the local Zionists. In 1920 he emigrated to Ottoman Palestine where he became an important public figure in the early years of Tel Aviv, a member of the town's first city council, and one of the founders of Ramat Gan.
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  • Migdal Shalom Tower is a remnant from the 1950s. It tells everybody how highrises should not be designed in modern cities that are for modern people. I think it will be demolished in the future, as so...  more »
  • It is worth stopping by the lobby here. There are bathrooms, but the highlight is the old photos and the tilework of the history of the city--from the whale that swallowed Jonah on down (executed in R...  more »
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  • Nice exhibition on the evolution and influence of cafes in Tel Aviv, as well as highlights of he modern architecture movement.
  • This places is a long way from its glorious days. nowadays, its a office building with a picture gallery of the first days of Tel Aviv.
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