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Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery Headquarters Partially Collapse

The main building of Townhouse Gallery—one of Egypt’s oldest contemporary art spaces—partially collapsed yesterday, Mada Masr reports. The staff had noticed cracks in the ceiling a few days prior and notified engineers of the problem. Everyone had been safely evacuated from the building, which was constructed in the 1890s, and were not going to return to the five-story structure until it was inspected.

According to the gallery’s residency program coordinator Ayman Ramadan, the recently renovated library, first-floor gallery extension, and several offices, including the rooms occupied by Cairo Hacker Space were severely damaged.

Founded in 1998, the respected nonprofit is known for its independent programming. Townhouse had only reopened two months ago, after government officials forced it to close in December, as previously reported by