Tabet, Antoine

(1907- 1964)

Lebanese architect Antoine Tabet graduated from the Ecole Superieure des Ingenieurs de Beyrouth in 1926. He trained under Auguste Perret in Paris. In Beirut in 1932 he designed, in collaboration with three French architects, the Hotel Saint Georges on the Bay of Beirut. It was a symbol of early modernism in Beirut. Though badly damaged during the civil war in Beirut and not yet restored, it remains a landmark building in the city.

In 1934 Tabet designed the Almaza beer factory and in 1937 the Sagesse School in Achrafieh, Beirut. Antoine Tabet and
Farid Trad are considered as the two pioneers of modern architecture in Lebanon.