Sabil-Kuttab of Nafisa al-Bayda, Cairo

This architectural conservation project was carried out through the American Research Center in Egypt with funding from USAID. The building, of a type unique to Cairo, originally housed charities offering drinking water and elementary education for free. It was founded in 1796 by a remarkable woman called Nafisa al-Bayda, or White Jewel. The comprehensive architectural conservation of the building that had been in imminent danger of collapse included structural reinforcement, fine conservation of various fabrics and adaptive re-use for the installation in 2004 of a permanent interpretative and educational exhibition.

1995-1997. Al-Sukkariya area in Historic Cairo.

Project Director and designer of the exhibition:
Agnieszka Dobrowolska.