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Name: ZUCKERMAN, Leon

Birth Date: 1896

Death Date: 30 May 1958

First Date: 1920s

Profession: Architect

Area: Nairobi

Children: Selma (1945)

Book Reference: Glimpses

General Information:

Glimpses - Vermont Memorial Hall - The hall's architect was Leon (Yehuda) Zuckerman, son of early Zionist immigrants to Palestine who had come to Kenya in the late 1920s. Abraham Block commissioned him for a number of buildings in Nairobi as well as the original cottages at the Norfolk Hotel. Apart from his professional work he had other commercial and industrial interests. At one time he was part owner of a gold-mining company.
Shortly before the outbreak of World War II he was the developer of a housing scheme in what is now the Rhapta Road area. Subsequently he set up and owned the first modern commercial brick and tile works at Kasarani. He was active in the Congregation and supported its affairs generously. Whenever possible he would employ or try to find employment for newly arrived Jewish refugees. When the government requisitioned the Vermont Memorial Hall during WW2, he built what is now the library for the community's use and donated it to the Congregation.
Gazette 10 June 1958 probate

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