Shepheard’s in photographs

Although no physical trace of the original Shepheard’s hotel remains, it was well documented while it stood. It was the subject of several photo essays in international magazines including Life and, I think, Picture Post. The hotel’s earlier incarnation (before the 1890 rebuild) was captured by several of the pioneering Middle Eastern photographers including Bonfils and Sebah. When it came to selecting images for Grand Hotels, we were spoiled for choice, and we were only able to include the merest fraction of what was available. I thought I might post some of those images that did not make the cut here. This particular set, below, dates from 1948, so just four years before the hotel was burned down.

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The chap behind the counter here is bartender Joe Scialom: if you don’t know about Joe, then go here.

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5 Comments

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5 Responses to Shepheard’s in photographs

  1. Christina Harris

    Makes me weep for the past.

  2. Alexander Hed

    How stupid the Egyptians were to vandalize this beautiful hotel…the Egyptians are stupid when it comes to preserving old buildings..Medieval Cairo has survived by a chance…the modern Helnan “Shepheard” is a concrete Collosus without a soul as is the Semiramis Intercontinental and the Ramses hilton…ugly boxes instead of the beautiful old buildings of British Cairo.

  3. Sad to hear this hotel is no longer. These images are awesome though!

  4. Steven

    Are any of Shepheard’s architectural plans or elevations surviving?

    I would imagine there would have been a window plan… Are any of these things available to be seen someplace?

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