The renovation and preservation phases are now underway at the historic Schneller complex. The core of the undertaking is focused on the stately clock tower – the largest and foremost of the historic buildings, easily discerned by its iconic European turret. Preserving the past is a delicate process, evident in the meticulous work of the experienced workers onsite. The utmost care is being taken to conserve the unique design and historic quality of the site, while transforming the compound into a luxurious, modern-day community.
A Museum for The Ages
This building housed a Syrian orphanage one hundred and fifty years ago, three quarters of a century before the dawn of Israeli statehood. Now, plans are underway to convert the building into an extensive museum, dedicated to the heritage of the Jewish Diaspora through the ages. It is anticipated to be the largest museum of its kind in the world. Over the coming months, we will reveal some of the materials that will grace the Jewish Heritage Museum and its fascinating exhibits.
Location, Location, Location
The Schneller Compound is a rare historic landmark in the center of Jerusalem, preserved naturally for a century and a half. This extraordinary state resulted from the onsite military presence until 2009, which kept the complex isolated from Geulah and its environs. As an area of significant historic worth, construction is being carefully integrated in the restoration efforts, preserving the unique value of the site.
Though the development rests in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Geulah, the serenity within is unparalleled. The wall surrounding the complex envelopes the development with an almost surreal, pastoral tranquility, in direct contrast to the vibrant city life just beyond its walls. The verdant flora and willowy trees of the Amphora Garden create a halcyon serenity, for a destination that inspires and soothes.
Where Time Stands Still
One hundred and fifty years have passed since the construction of the Schneller Compound. It stands sentinel, impervious to the sands of time. Eight buildings, erected in the German architecture typical of the eighteenth century, served as an orphanage and vocational workshop. They are still standing today. To pass through the wooden gates and enter the stone stairwells is to enter a time warp, a portal to the world that was. The walls are carved of ancient Jerusalem stone, and the high ceilings, artistic tiled floors, and genuine accoutrements lend a rare glimpse into the past.