The house of the mayors of Tehran was destroyed
It is many years that the history of Tehran is being wiped out by destroying its signs and symbols; every once in a while we hear news of destruction of one house after another. This time, it is the turn of Golestan Mansion. It was reported that the Golestan mansion, known as Aqdasiyeh mansion or the “House of Mayors,” was destroyed. Although the Golestan mansion was not included in the list of historical monuments, from longevity point of view, it had social and event value. For this reason, the fear of its demolition had worried the cultural activists, and, their efforts, however were not successful.
According to ISNA, new photos and videos of the house of the “mayors” or the Golestan mansion have been published, which show that the workers are destroying this mansion built in the second Pahlavi period. This three-story house located in the Aqdasiyeh neighborhood of Tehran belonged to Mohammad Zahiri. He was in charge of the Ministry of Water and Electricity before the revolution. Zahiri built this house, which had many decorations such as plastering and mirror work, in 1348 (based on information published on Safarnavis website).
This house was then entrusted to Leila Faridi, who later on handed it over to the Tehran Municipality, in 1379 (2000). It is said that this house was the residence of the mayors of Tehran before the revolution. After the revolution of Iran, two mayors, one of them being Morteza Al-Weiri, lived there. Later, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who became the mayor of Tehran, refused to live in this mansion, claiming that it was a palace of mayors. Before him, Mohammad Hassan Malekmadani, Tehran’s mayor from 1330-1331, had also refused to live in this mansion.
Tehran Municipality will auction the Golestan mansion with an area of 848.3 meters at a base price of 81 billion Tomans. The move to sell the house, which was considered an event venue and had lavish decorations, provoked protests from cultural heritage activists for fear that it would be destroyed after the transfer of ownership. However, the officials of Tehran Cultural Heritage and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, after examining this mansion in 1398, considered it to have no priority for registration in the list of national monuments and didn’t even take any action to protect it as a tourism place/event. Although there were voices from the Tehran city council about the need to preserve this mansion, the cultural heritage department and the municipality decided that Golestan mansion did not have the requirements for registration and was not considered a historical or even valuable monument.
Before these events, Zahiri House was occupied by the cultural and architecture organization of Tehran Museum, in the 1930s, and it was used as a cultural center, where artists and veterans came and went, and for a short time, it became the secretariat of the city film.
When Aqdasiyeh property was handed over to the Tehran Municipality Communication Center, there were rumors of selling it. In 1998, the then director of the center tweeted that “The building has been legally entrusted to the real estate organization for sale and use in cultural projects such as “Razi Cultural Center” and Baladieh building”. After the reactions to the municipality’s action intensified, Gholam Hossein Mohammadi, who was then in charge of the Tehran Municipality Communication Center, responded as follows: “This building is called a “historic building”, but it is far from the truth, because its building was finalized in the 50s and actually received the “end of construction work” license in the 70s. You can rest assured that if the municipality of Tehran found only minor signs of this house’s cultural and heritage importance, we would take action to preserve it.
He also said: “The municipality has not occupied this place for the past 20 years, while its maintenance’ cost is 25 million Tomans per month; it is better to sell this property through auction; this property has no historic value, nor any special architecture and neither has any prominent figure lived there.” This property has three valuable carpets, which kept in the warehouse of the city’s communication center. Besides those, no other valuable items.”
The Golestan Mansion or the House of Tehran Mayors was sold last year. It was destroyed on Monday, Bahamn 18, 1400, despite efforts to persuade cultural heritage officials and the Tehran Municipality to maintain the site.
Aqdasiyeh mansion or Golestan mansion is known as the house of mayors, before demolition
Inside Golestan mansion or mayors’ house before destruction, 1398
Golestan mansion or house of mayors being destroyed, Monday, Bahamn 18, 1400, solar