The Life and Works of Architect Kemaleddin

Architect Kemaleddin Bey, the architect of the Legacy Ottoman Hotel is one of the most important architect of the Republic of Turkey. Architect Kemaleddin, who lived between 1870 and 1927, created many important works and became the most important representative of the national architectural understanding.

Ahmed Kemaleddin was born in 1870 in Kadıköy, Istanbul. His interest in engineering was also reflected in his education life and he enrolled in the current Istanbul Technical University (Hendese-i Mülkiye Mektebi). He finished this school with a first degree. Later, he went to Germany to improve his architectural education.

He founded the Ottoman Architects and Engineers Association in 1908. It was the first professional chamber of architects and engineers.

Architect Kemaleddin, who worked intensely throughout his life, produced many works and carried out architectural works, mostly in Istanbul. After staying in Jerusalem for the restoration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, he returned to Ankara and made many works for the new capital.

There is the portrait of Architect Kemaleddin and Gazi University Rectorate Building, which is one of his most important works, with more than 20 Turkish Liras, which was put into circulation in 2009.

Works of Architect Kemaleddin Bey

Istanbul First, Second, Third and Fourth Vakıf Han

Fourth Vakıf Han, the masterpiece of the great architect; although it was started to be built in 1912, it was completed in 1926 due to the war. The building, which has been renovated by carefully preserving all the architectural details in the building, currently provides 5-star accommodation service as Legacy Ottoman Hotel.

legacy ottoman hotel

Ankara Evkaf Apartment

Ankara Evkaf Apartment is a blended example of Western and Ottoman architectural approaches. Today, the building is used as the center of the Ankara State Theater.

Ankara Evkaf Apartmanı

Atilim Gunes Baydin – Yükleyenin kendi çalışması, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Sultan Resad Tomb

It was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed Reşad the 5th, by the Architect Kemaleddin. He was buried in this shrine when he passed away with heart failure. It is located in Eyüp Sultan, close to the beach.


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Tayyare Apartments

Tayyare Apartments or Harikzedegân Apartments are located in Laleli. It was built to accommodate people who were victims of the fire in 1918. There are a total of 124 apartments in the building. The building currently serves as a hotel.

Harikzedegân Apartmanları

A.Savin (Wikimedia Commons · WikiPhotoSpace) – Yükleyenin kendi çalışması, FAL,

Gazi Education Institute Building

The building, whose foundations were laid as “Gazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha Teacher’s School”, is the last work of Architect Kemaleddin. It is currently used as the Gazi University Rectorate Building.

Gazi Üniversitesi Rektörlük Binası

Çapa Science High School

The building, which was built in 1900, is the building that was built as the Boys’ Teacher School. It is located in Fatih district of Istanbul.

Çamlıca Girls High School

It was built as a summer mansion by Ahmet Ratip Pasha, an Ottoman statesman. The Ministry of Education acquired the four-storey, 54-room building in 1908. In 1939, it started to serve under the name of “Çamlıca Girls High School”.

Hababam Sınıfı, the unforgettable comedy films of Turkish cinema, were shot in this historical building.

Other works and works of Architect Kemaleddin;

Edirne Station Building repair
Former Cukurcuma Inn, now Corinne Hotel (1911)
Eyüp Anatolian High School
Restoration of Fethiye Mosque Koca Sinan Pasha Madrasa
Plovdiv Station Building
Gazi Osman Pasha Tomb
Gazi University Rectorate Building
Hüsnü Pasha Tomb
Istanbul University Faculty of Letters library
Kamerhatun Mosque
Jerusalem Masjid al-Aqsa restoration project (1922-1926)
Mahmut Şevket Pasha Tomb
Reşadiye Mektebi (now Eyüpsultan Secondary School)
Şemsipaşa Elementary School
The Republic of Turkey State Railways Directorate building
Completing the Ankara Palas project started by Vedat Tek in its final shape.
Yesilkoy Mosque
Ahmet Cevat Pasha Tomb
Ali Riza Pasha Tomb
Reconstruction of Bandırma Haydar Çavuş Mosque
Bebek Mosque
Bostanci Mosque

Death and Tomb

This great architect, who designed and implemented many important works, died on 13 July 1927 in Ankara as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage. His grave is in the treasury of Bayezid Mosque.



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