Wednesday, May 10, 2006

The Chaim Weizmann House, Rehovot, Israel

Chaim Weizmann was both the first President of Israel and the first president of the Weizmann Institute (later renamed to honor him). Today his house, adjacent to the Weizmann campus, is preserved as a museum, and I toured it this morning.

Weizmann and his wife Vera hired the noted German architect Erich Mendelsohn to design the house in the late 1930s. It was very unusual for an Israeli house: a trivial example -- the GE refrigerator still in the kitchen is said to have been the first refrigerator in Israel!

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