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Sign: Yaakov Ben-Sira (City Engineer) - Plaques of artists who lived in Tel Aviv

Rothschild Blvd 133, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
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On the sign:
סמל העיר תל אביב
בבניין זה גר
מהנדס העירייה, אבי "העיר הלבנה"
בשנים 1929-1950
יעקב בן-סירה
תרנ"ט-תשנ"ה 1899-1994

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The sign is on the wall of the house where he lived Yaakov Ben-Sira - Engineer and city planner. Born in Kaniv, Ukraine (1899-1994), named Jacob Schiffman. Immigrated to Israel in 1913.
After being active in the Haganah, he traveled to London in 1921 to study engineering there. After graduating, he worked at Solel Boneh, and then began designing cities.
In 1929 he was appointed engineer of the city of Tel Aviv, and was considered the father of the "White City" - the city built on the foundations of the Bauhaus style.
Planning many schools in the city of Tel Aviv such as: Balfour School, Bialik and more.

The sign was placed in 2008

The following photo taken on the same day shows the location of the sign and the building Click for a larger image

Although Yaakov Ben-Sira (City Engineer) does not belong to the "Artists who live in Tel Aviv" category, the commemorative sign is identical in format to the commemorative signs of artists who live in Tel Aviv, so this sign was also added to that collection.

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