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Over the past year, Maha Nasrallah has meandered throughout Ras Beirut, cataloging decaying architectural treasures with brush and watercolors. Through her paintings, Nasrallah, an architect and former lecturer at the American University of Beirut, draws attention to the destruction of the city's heritage. But a recent post on AUB's Facebook page convinced the architect to set her brush aside and take more concrete action to save a piece of the city's past. Sitting on Lot 471 is a traditional two-story house that previously belonged to the Chbaklo family. Nasrallah said she was skeptical of these plans as presented.A meeting with AUB President Fadlo Khuri has been scheduled, Nasrallah said.While historic architecture is frequently demolished by developers, the Chbaklo house has the potential to become a success story for preservation activists.While the NGO is not directly involved in the attempt to preserve the Chbaklo house, it fully supports Nasrallah's initiative.
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