THE 3RD FLOOR OF THE WRITERS’ HOUSE REHABILITATED BY BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OF GEORGIA AND ITS MEMBERS WAS SOLEMNLY OPENED
16 Jun '17
On June 16th, 2017, the opening ceremony of the 3rd floor of the Writers’ House was held. The Rehabilitation and restoration of the floor was funded by Business Association of Georgia and its members.
The evening reception was attended by the Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, by the representatives of the Government, high-ranking officials of International Organizations and International Financial Organizations, the representatives of the member companies of Business Association and partner organizations.
Irakli Aslanishvili, Executive Director of Business Association of Georgia, gave special awards to the Association member companies who have made a special contribution to the restoration. The invited guests visited the restored third floor and listened to the history of the Writers’ House.
The building, which is known today as the "House of Writers", was built in 1905 as a famous philanthropist’s David Sarajishvili's palace - an important center of the city’s cultural life.
After the death of Sarajishvili and his wife, in 1916 the house was bought by a famous Georgian businessman Akaki Khoshtaria. In 1921, after Georgia’s sovietization, Akaki Khoshtaria was forced to leave the country and immigrate. Since October 2008 the building was passed on to Writers’ House.
In October 2016, with the initiative and financing of Business Association of Georgia full rehabilitation of the third floor started. Five residences - rooms named after John Steinbeck, Boris Pasternak, Alexandre Dumas, Wardrops, Nizami were fully renovated and outfitted.
With the opening of these residences now the Writers' House joins the world network of other literary houses and residences. Foreign writers and translators will be able to stay in this beautiful house while visiting Georgia.
The existence of residences will enable the country to extend and incoprporate culturual connections with international literary organizations, residecnes and other literary associations.