ENGINEERS & ARCHITECTS
active in the Thessaloniki Burned Area
Eli Modiano (1881-1968) was one of the most prominent Jewish engineers who worked for the reconstruction of Thessaloniki after the great fire of 1917. The son of Sephardic banker Jacob (Yako) Modiano, he studied at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris. Upon his return to Thessaloniki, he built some of the most important public and private works in the city, the most renowned of which are the Villa Jacob Modiano, the Thessaloniki Customshouse, Modiano Market and the Alessandro Manzoni School.
From 1902 until 1914 he was the authorised representative of the French reinforced-concrete construction firm Bureau Technique de Béton Arme de François Hennebique. In 1922 he was knighted by the king of Italy, Victor Emmanuel.