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For 50 years the Khazen family has rented Rose House, which was accessible only to friends and relatives.Until the end of the year, British artist Tom Young is hosting a solo exhibition entitled "At the Rose House," allowing members of the public access to the building for the first time. Khazen and Young hit it off immediately.Khazen allowed Young to use part of the enormous central hall as a studio space. Over the six months he worked in the mansion, Young, who trained as an architect in the U.K., familiarized himself with the building. Young says he was fascinated not only by the design of the building, but by its history.It is the second time that Young has chosen to exhibit his work in a historic Beirut building.By exhibiting in Rose House, Young hoped to encourage a similar process.Young's paintings reflect Rose House's uncertain future. As more historic buildings are razed to make way for lucrative high rises, the building's changing environs might signal its doom. One room of the house has been designated as an archival space.
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