The Doctor's House and Rechter House

The Doctor's house

A medical center, designed by the Templar architect Gottlieb Schumacher, was built during the 1900's and included a modern hospital with 40 beds, outpatient clinics and a doctor's residence (The Doctor's house). The Center represents an institutional-public building under European-Christian influence that penetrated Israel during the 19th century. After renovation, the Doctor's House will be the College's management and lecturers' center.

Rechter House
After the War of Independence in Israel, Beit Bussel served as recuperation center for healing and rejuvenation. The demand for vacation in Zefat increased following the annual vacation law approved by the Knesset in 1951. Indeed, during these years the building was renovated and the Health Services decided to expand it. For this purpose, the Rechter-Zarchi architects' office was recruited.
The recovery home was designed during the 1960's by architect Yaakov Rechter, in the spirit of Brutalism that characterized public construction in Israel at the time. The building was planned as an attachment to the center and in 1963, a modern dining room with an open auditorium was opened. Later, in 1968/9, a new 30-room wing was built in the complex.




The New Zefat Academic College Headquarters

The two historic buildings are planned to be renovated and preserved, and function as the College's headquarters, which will include laboratories and professors' offices, as well as administrative offices and management offices.

Preserving and reviving historic buildings around the campus area, for the benefit of the students as well as the citizens of Zefat, is one of the College's missions, as we are an academic institution with social responsibility towards the historic city of Zefat and its legacy. We consider the renovation of the Doctor's House and the Rechter House in the Beit Bussel area, as a national mission which is part of the development momentum of the College. The renovation will include restoration of the historic parts of the Beit Bussel complex and the integration of modern buildings into the old buildings. This is a primary conservation mission designed to save the site, which is officially declared as a "heritage site".