When the first dwellings were constructed on its edges in the 1880s, Rehov Ethiopia was only an extremely narrow dirt road. But today’s Rehov Ethiopia isn’t any wider. Perhaps that’s one reason why it has retained its original character, with dozens of early buildings that have been either restored or preserved. Even the Ethiopian monastic compound that gave the street its name, once slated for destruction, remains in place.History seems to seep out of the walls of the charming structures on Rehov Ethiopia and two tiny connecting byways as you view wonderful Arab and Ethiopian architecture. True, some of the buildings are surrounded by high walls, and you can see inside only if you happen to catch someone walking through their iron gates. But there are plenty more where those came from.Begin with the splendid villa at No. 3, one of numerous buildings erected by Jerusalem’s wealthy Arab Nashashibi family. It was rented for many years to Dr. Arie Feigenbaum, an ophthalmologist with lots of “firsts” to his credit: he established the first Hadassah eye clinics, was first chairman of its ophthalmology department, edited the first Hebrew medical journal and was the first dean of the Hebrew University’s medical school. So luxurious was this villa that it served as lodgings for Chaim Weizmann when he visited Israel in 1918 with the Zionist Committee.