The Egyptian Diplomatic Club: Formerly known as Club Mohamed Ali.
The Egyptian Diplomatic Club: Formerly known as Club Mohamed Ali. CD-ROM. Preface by Ahmed Aboul Gheit. Giza: Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage (CULTNAT), 2010
The Egyptian Diplomatic Club CD is an illustrated catalogue of a unique French neo-classical building, found at the heart of khedive Ismail&#39;s Cairo. A landmark conceived in 1908 by the French architect Alexander Marcel (1908-09) to become an exclusive gentlemen&#39;s social club for princes and pashas. The publication presents more than 80 photographs that narrate the history of the building, its architectural details, and unique collection of Oriental paintings. This captivating catalogue takes the reader into a journey through time by displaying comparative photographs of its halls, salons, and restaurants from the 1920 and 2010. Furthermore, the catalogue touches upon the phenomena of clubbing in Cairene as an important component of social life, at the advent of the 20th century.