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Hasanâbâd Square

 

Author: Eskandar Mokhtari

Translator: Nassim Ghiassi

Publisher: Cultural Research Bureau

Subject: Iranian Studies (Tehran city)

Date of Publication: 2017 (1st edition)

No. of Pages: 36

Size: 19 × 12 cm

ISBN: 9789643791988

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 Sample English text is available.

◙ Copyright is available in all languages in all countries.

◙ This book is covered by the Grant Program of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

About the Book:

Among the historic squares of Tehran, Hasanâbâd Square stands out due to its special design: a round open space, surrounded by four buildings, with curved arches, stucco columns, embellished Corinthian capitals, and European-style bell-shaped domes, displaying a different style of vernacular architecture. This manifestation of a square is essentially different from the historic plazas of Isfahan, Yazd, and Kerman. The architecture of Hasanâbâd Square, a place intertwined with the memories of Tehran residents, resembles the European-style architecture which can also be observed in old photos of other locations in Tehran. However, many buildings, the memories of which were eternalized by photographers such as Khâdem, Tahâmi, Pâkzâd and others, no longer remain to recount the tale of the city to its future inhabitants. Hasanâbâd square is one of the few works which have survived the test of time to carry part of the memories of the city; A square named Hasht-Gonbad (eight-domed) by people of Tehran, or as they used to call it in Tehrani accent “Hasht-Gonbaz”. After an overview of the toponymy of Hasanâbâd Square, its historical background and the urban fabric of the neighborhood, the book discusses architectural properties of the square, the changes it has undergone over time, and the measures taken for its restoration and preservation.

The book in hand is the 10th volume of a twenty-title series published as an output of Tehran Studies Project at Cultural Research Bureau. These books were designed to provide both authentic and interesting reading material on the historical, architectural and cultural aspects of Tehran’s prominent monuments and urban spaces. The series was recently translated into English for English-speakers willing to expand their knowledge about the history of the present Iranian capital.

 

Table of Contents:

Introduction, Location and history of Hasanâbâd Garden and Neighborhood, Urban fabric of the area before Hasanâbâd Square was constructed, Sepah Street:  a model for urban development , Hasanâbâd Square , Architectural features, In search of the architect, Changes and Modifications( Minor changes, Major modifications), Preservation and restoration , References , Pronunciation Guide.

About the Author:

Eskandar Mokhtari (1956/Tehran) received his BA in Archaeology and History of Art from Tehran University in 1980, and an MA in Architectural Restoration from University of Art in 1995. He also holds a PhD in Art Research from University of Art. He has been in charge of restoring several monuments and historic sites in Iran since 1980. His latest responsibilities include management of Tehran Historical City Office from 1996 to 2009, and supervision of Bam Cultural Heritage Recovery Project from 2004 to 2009. He has produced a dozen documentaries on historic sites and monuments of Iran for the Iranian National TV, authored several books and articles on cultural heritage conservation, and worked as a lecturer in several Iranian universities including Tehran University and Iran University of Science and Technology. He was also the chief editor of the present books series (Tehran Studies).

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