The Leitersdorf and Belzitsman Architects firm was trusted with the planning of dozens of buildings for the Worker’s Council (Histadrut), its facilities, extensions and various branches.

The story of these buildings is the story of the institution, which was the significant source of power in the years before the establishment of Israel, as well as its first few decades. From its pivotal part in the daily lives of the workers, local politics in the cities, settlements and development towns, to its financial and moral bankruptcy, shown by the neglected buildings, if there are any left.

Andre Leitersdorf and Iliya Belzitsman are significant architects of their time, in times where public and Histadrut buildings shaped the space of young Israel.

During their partnership, which lasted from 1946 until Andre’s passing in 1970, the Leitersdorf and Belzitsman Architects firm planned hundreds of buildings throughout the country; hospitals, schools, assembly halls, plants, memorials, hotels and cinemas. However, above all, the two were trusted with the planning of dozens of projects for the Worker’s Council (Histadrut), its facilities, extensions and various branches.

 

This website, containing sketches, old photos and many documents of the different projects planned by the office, serves as a window into the architecture of a time; a silent and representational relic of a different Israel, which is long gone.

400

Buildings

were designed by the firm

193

Buildings

are still standing today

Central Buildings

are on the website, greatly detailed