Al Ghanem House

In her work The Voice of the Oud, Jehan Rejab includes some photographs and information on the Bayt Al Ghanim House. She writes that it was built around 1915 by Sheikh Khaza’al and notes how the building was unique in some of its features. Today the building is in ruins, it is located across the street from the ruins of the Sheikh Khazal Palace. The photos above come from this flickr album, the photos below come from Voice of the Oud.

Here are some photos taken in the fall of 2021. As of 2022, the building is under renovation, which has generated some controversy over the methods being used in the renovation. The last two pictures below were taken in the fall of 2022.

These photographs of Bait al Ghanim come from the instagram of Ali al Rais and Kuwait: Arts and Architecture, A Collection of Essays.

The first three photographs come from the flickr of Justin Nabity and show the house in 2009, the Fahad Almazyad photos come from the same year. The last two come from the flickr of Chester Robbins and show the house in 2007.

These photos come from this flickr and show the house in 2019.

The section of the article below comes from the article Socio-Spatial Analysis of Traditional Kuwaiti Houses by Omar Khattab. You can see some more lovely photographs of the house on the blog of Maha Alessa, taken in 2018.

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  1. […] This palace was built by Sheikh Khaz’al of Muhammarah, a friend of Sheikh Mubarak, in 1916. After his death, his widow continued to live in the building. Freya Stark went to visit her in 1937. The building served as the Kuwait National Museum from 1957 until 1976. The building began to deteriorate and was further damaged during the invasion. It is currently on the tentative list to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The older photographs of the building come from Maha Alessa’s instagram. Across the street are the ruins of the Al Ghanim house. […]

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  2. […] This palace was built by Sheikh Khaz’al of Muhammarah, a friend of Sheikh Mubarak, in 1916. After his death, his widow continued to live in the building. Freya Stark went to visit her in 1937. The building served as the Kuwait National Museum from 1957 until 1976. The building began to deteriorate and was further damaged during the invasion. It is currently on the tentative list to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The older photographs of the building come from Maha Alessa’s instagram. Across the street are the ruins of the Al Ghanim house. […]

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