Standing tall and wide at one of Downtown Cairo’s most famed avenues is the Davies Bryan building, more commonly known as El Shourbagy. The facade’s red hue and its sprawling size has established this 110-year-old building as one of the ever-lasting relics of architecture and history in the heart of Cairo. It’s avenue location has the building overlooking three different Downtown streets: 16 Adly Street, 165 Mohamed Farid St. and 42 Abdel Khaleq Tharwat.
Built in 1910 by Welsh architect Robert Williams, the building’s design is a vivid reflection of Welsh architecture; a harmonious meld of medieval and Belle Epoque aesthetics that have come to define El Shourbagy. In addition to having every architecture fanatic/student infatuated with its design, it is also perhaps one of the most famous selfie backdrops. No visit to Downtown Cairo is complete without the customary insta-selfie with El Shourbagy in the background.
Al Ismaelia acquired the building in 2008, later renovating and revamping the building’s entire build in 2015 to its present day glory.
One of the building’s most sought after spots is its rooftop, which gives an inimitable view of Downtown Cairo’s skyline. This pinnacle Downtown location has also served as a set for several projects; from films, music videos, ads and many more. Two of the most notable venues in the building are: the Violette and Victoria, that has helped artists, filmmakers and many more unleash their creative prowess.