|NDP HQ Burning, January 28, 2011 (Egyptian Museum to the Left)|
The building, which had stood since 1959 between the Egyptian Museum and the original Nile Hilton (now the Nile Ritz-Carlton) was set afire on January 28, 2011, the critical "Friday of Rage" early in the 2011 Revolution. The burned-out hulk has stood there ever since as its future was debated; lately the facade had been covered with a hanging touting Egypt's new development efforts.
This week it finally came down. As Zeinobia notes, some had hoped to keep it as a visible reminder of the Revolution, but that didn't happen. Ahram Online has a photo gallery of the demolition, from which the two photos below are taken.
"Erasing the Remnants of a Revolution."
I believe officially the land is supposed to go to the Egyptian Museum for expansion. Knowing the rapacity of Cairo developers and the prime location fronting the Nile, I hope it does but plan to wait and see.