Lavish Stone Craftsmanship. Many of the affluent Arab houses, as well as other Arab structures built in the late 19th century until the 1940s, expose an extensive variety of ornamental stone features. These include arches of various styles and colors, with elaborately decorated pilasters, capitals, urns etc. The fusion of Renaissance and Moorish stone elements, together with traditional Muslim motifs and glazed Armenian tiles, produced an opulent distinct style in domestic architecture. Many of these houses were built by both Christian and Muslim Arab families, in the Talbieh, Katamon and Baq’a neighborhoods, as well as in the Center of the City and its surroundings.