House donated for art,culture becomes a bar .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} MUĞLA - The previous owner of an old house in Muğla is furious with the government for turning over the historical house, which was meant to be turned into a museum, to become a restaurant-bar.

The 130-year-old Hazıkadızade House in the Muğla province in the Aegean region sold for 50,000 Turkish Liras, much less then its value, to the Governor’s Office in 2004 because the then governor, Hüseyin Aksoy, planned to restore it and turn it into a museum.

The house, built by Muğla’s first mayor, Kadızade Süleyman Efendi, was sold by his grandson Süleyman Aksoy cheaply because he believed it could better serve culture in the region. The plan was also to build a tea house in the house’s garden.

The Governor’s Office spent 74,531 liras to restore the two-story house and filled it with historical artifacts and local wares.

On May 1, 2008, the house was rented for 75,000 liras for three years to be used as a restaurant and bar. The artifacts were removed and the house became "Sobe," the name of the new business.

Aksoy, furious about the change in the use of his grandfather’s house, is demanding it be transformed back into a museum.