The Mahanaim Building

Johannes Frutiger arrived to Jerusalem in 1858 as a missionary on behalf of the Pilger Mission based at Chrischona, Basel. He worked for the same organisation as Conrad Schick who arrived at Jerusalem in 1846.

Frutiger represented the Pilger Mission in economical questions, as a local banker. Later he took personal responsibility for the Pilger Missions Bank, and named it J Frutiger & Co, he then became the most well-known banker of Jerusalem, financing Mea Shearim, Mahane Yehuda and other big projects.

Conrad Schick planned Frutiger’s mansion which was named the Mahanaim building, facing Ha-Neviim but with address 34 Shivtei Ysrael. The villa lacks many of the typical Arabic architectonics which are common for Schick’s architecture.

The house is named after Genesis 32:2 and houses today the offices of the Israeli  Ministry of Education.

Gen 32:2: When Jacob saw them, he said, “This is the camp of God!” So he named that place Mahanaim.

Mahanaim house with a different style from many other buildings drawn by Conrad Schick


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  1. The European Powers in Jerusalem | Says:

    […] having a brief introduction to the day at the grand Mahanaim house, built for a prominent Swiss banker and later housing the British High Commissioner, we admired the […]

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