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A facade stained by smoke

History: Built around 1880, probably designed by a French architect, at one point it housed the Ottoman Bank, one of the most important financial institutions of the era. In the early 1990s the Culture Ministry rejected a proposal by a part-owner, the Historical and Ethnological Society, for an additional floor. In 2003 the other owners took legal action to force the society to sell the Athinogenous Mansion. Condition: Woeful. All that remains is the smoke-stained facade after a fire in 2004. Future: The four new owners are a hopeful sign that an important 19th-century building will be cleaned up and saved.