The Central Council of Modern Monuments examines on Thursday 27 November, at 6p.m. the issue of whether to declare or not to as a monument the complex of the eight refugee apartment buildings in Alexandras' Avenue. We wish to remind that the Ministry of Culture had declared as preservable two of the eight buildings and the Council of State annulled the decision. So the question reverts. We hope that this time will be declared as preserved the band.
The complex of the eight refugee blocks with the 228 apartments was built between the years 1933-1935, on the drawings of the architects Kimon Laskaris (1905-1978) and Dimitrios Kyriakou (1881-1971), in order to house the refugees from Asia Minor. The buildings, which were constructed on the principles of the modern movement, and especially of the German functionalism, are samples of social welfare, retaining also on their walls the traces of bullets from the battles of December 1944. In 2007, 90 of the 228 apartments were still inhabited, while the rest had come to the possession of the state in order to regenerate the wider area of Panathinaikos stadium.
We ought to preserve this unique entity, due to its architectural, urban, historical and social value.