History and architecture
Apartments no. 1 and 2.
Address: Jana Sobieskiego 6/3
Paris and Vienna in Krakow
Apartments no. 1 and no. 2 are situated in historic town house built in 1909–1910 located in Jana Sobieskiego 6. The building was designed by Henryk Lamensdorf.
Henryk Lamensdorf (born 6 March 1876, died 1928) – famous pre-war Polish architect of Jewish origin, son of Aloisy Lamensdorf and Cyli (née Kreutler), who worked mainly in Krakow. He graduated from Department of Building of Krakow Industrial School under the guidance of Józef Pokutyński and Beniamin Torbe in 1902. The town houses designed by Lamensdorf are characterized by high standard of interiors and staircases, which could be even called luxurious. One of his most interesting projects is reconstruction of Bidermanowska town house (no. 5) at Main Square (former Empik, now Zara).
The design of the house in Sobieskiego 6 is eclectic. Double front elevation is separated by decorative frieze. Lower part of the façade is covered with rustication. In the front part of the building the original windows with characteristic Georgian bars have been preserved. The architectural style of the house harmonizes with the next building located in the corner of Sobieskiego and Kremerowska which was designed by the same architect and built three years later. What is distinguishing about the house no. 6 is receding facade of the building. The architect was probably inspired by the town-planning concept of Eugène Hénard – a French architect and town planner living in 1849-1923. E. Hénard postulated implementing Paris “stepped boulevard” (Fr. boulevard à redans) instead of traditional location of the building facades in parallel to the road. There are many advantages of the buildings location at the angle to the street: more daylight, easier air exchange and supply, planting trees in the surrounding area.
There are authentic period decorative elements in an impressive oval hall of the building and palatial staircase. What draws attention in the hall is stunning oval coving under the ceiling and original ceramic claddings. Also, in the whole house original door woodwork decorated with floral ornaments reminding of Vienna Secession has been preserved. There are hand sculpted floral ornaments in the shape of maple leaf or chestnut leaf on the external front door and impressive glass door inside the hall. All of these elements create unique atmosphere just as from the beginning of the XX century.
Apartment no. 3.
Address: Tadeusza Pawlikowskiego 10/2
Modernism of Krakow
Apartment no. 3 is located in Tadeusza Pawlikowskiego 10 in pre-war modernist town house built in 1938 and designed by architects of Jewish origin – Henryk Jakubowicz and Saul Wexner, who had one of the most significant architectural/construction companies before war in Krakow. Next to the house at number 8 there is alike house designed by the same architects and built the same year. Attention is drawn by a bas-relief on the building facade. The interesting thing is that in the basements of the building there is authentic air raid shelter from the World War II. A big advantage of the apartment is that in spite of being located in the city centre there is a large garden and green area spreading to Kochanowskiego street.