Sixty years after the earthquake and after the end of its reconstruction period coinciding with the culmination of the mission of high commissioner for reconstruction in 1974, Agadir benefited from the impetus given to the museum projects of the city’s urban development program. Agadir 2020-2024, launched on February 4, 2020 by HM King Mohammed VI.
The reconversion and rehabilitation of the building will require a total investment of 41.5MDH. The Ministry of the Interior through the General Directorate of Territorial Communities (DGCT) contributes up to 25MDH, the Souss-Massa Regional Council and Al Omrane Souss-Massa are participating respectively in the project to the tune of 10MDH and 5MDH.
The urban municipality is investing, for its part, 1.5MDH so that the completion of this major project is scheduled for the beginning of 2022.
It is in this context that the highly symbolic project of creating the Museum of the reconstruction and the memory of the city of Agadir was born, taking on a role of conservation, heritage and transmission to posterity.
For its historic and emblematic dimension, the choice of the place to house the museum fell on the former headquarters of bank Al-Maghrib, a 1950 building created by the architect François Louis Lemarié (1902-1996), which has remained almost intact. during the earthquake of February 29, 1960, thanks to foundations resembling earthquake-resistant structures. After having housed the services of the central bank of Morocco in the past, it will be rehabilitated according to its initial typology, while giving it a new museum vocation.
The tour will include several sections devoted to the shock of the earthquake, reconstruction and town planning and architecture. A multipurpose room will be created for the various events organized by the museum and access to the terrace will be converted into a literary café.
An architectural model of great heritage value, the Agadir Reconstruction and Memory Museum will ultimately become a monument of great cultural contribution that will perpetuate a segment of the city’s history, a place of memory. also highlighting the challenge of the reconstruction of Agadir.
The launching ceremony of this project also took place in the presence of the president of the Souss-massa regional council, the president of the Agadir municipal council and the general manager of the Al Omrane Souss-Massa company.