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A school in Żoliborz named “A Well-Maintained Heritage Site”

published: 2019-06-06 11:50, mlan
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It is a true art to renovate the façade and retain the bullet holes. It is no wonder that the building of Special Primary School No 123 has received the title of a “Well-Maintained Heritage Site” The head of the school received a diploma and a special information plaque.

Renata Kaznowska, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, visited the Special Primary School No. 123 on Thursday, 16 May. Her visit was related to an exceptional distinction. The school building, located at 49 Czarnieckiego St.  in Żoliborz, was awarded in a competition for a “Well-Maintained Heritage Site”, organised by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The building was awarded for “preserving the historic value of the site.”

The building is an exceptional witness of the history of Żoliborz and Warsaw. It was a huge challenge to carry out comprehensive renovation works, and manage to retain the special character of the building. The fact that you succeeded is something to be proud of,” said Renata Kaznowska, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.

This is not the only site in Warsaw that was honoured in all the editions of the “Well-Maintained Heritage Site” competition organised by the Ministry. The fact that the School won with the tenement houses of the Museum of Warsaw in the Old Town Square goes to show how valuable the award is,” added Michał Krasucki, Director of the Heritage Protection Department.
Jadwiga Boguszewska, Head of the School, collected the distinction from Deputy Mayor Kaznowska. In addition to the diploma, she received an information plaque which will soon be mounted on the wall next to the main entrance.

A bit of history
The building of the Kornel Makuszyński Special Primary School No. 123 is a true witness to the history of Warsaw. Built between 1930 and 1934 (based on the design by Jan Koszyc-Witkiewicz), the building survived World War II almost intact.  Military operations, in particular those during the Warsaw Uprising, left a permanent mark on the façade of the building, i.e. over three thousand bullet holes. For that reason, the building was listed in the heritage register in 1991.