The developer who once proposed a mosque and Muslim community centre near the site of the World Trade Centre now plans a museum devoted to Islam at the very same site.
According to the New York Times, property developer Sharif El-Gamal said through a spokesman he wants to build a three-story museum “dedicated to exploring the faith of Islam and its arts and culture.”
He said in a statement that he had commissioned French architect Jean Nouvel to design a 5,000-square-foot museum.
The building also would include a sanctuary for prayer services and community programs for the public.
It’s unclear how El-Gamal would fund the project. Spokesman Hank Sheinkopf would only say that Sharif El-Gamal would initially finance it himself and hoped to find other benefactors later.
No timetable was given. Buildings at 45 Park Place and 51 Park Place, two blocks from the World Trade Centre site, would need to be demolished first.