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This photograph shows Metzudat Ze’ev, an office building in Tel Aviv named for Vladimir Jabotinsky. Jabotinksy was a leader of the right-wing, anti-socialist movement within Zionism. Jabotinsky argued that the future of the Jewish state depended on the energy and resourcefulness of the people in areas of manufacturing.

The building houses, among businesses, the Likud party’s staff, the Jabotinsky Museum and the Jabotinsky Institute. The building was planned in the 1930s but was not completed until 1963. It is designed in the Brutalist architectural style.

Also seen in this photograph is Tel Aviv City Hall, designed by Menahem Cohen, winner of a 1957 design competition for the building.


Hatuka, Tali. Violent Acts and Urban Space in Contemporary Tel Aviv. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010) pp. 44

Troen, S. Ilan. Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs, and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement. (New Have: Yale University Press, 2003) pp. 96

(accessed October 19, 2011)

(accessed October 19, 2011)


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


brutalism, municipalities, Jabotinsky, modernism, architecture