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Tenement house at 71 Wilcza St. – timeless luxury

published: 2018-03-07 13:33, mlan
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The first stage in the renovation of the exterior wall finishing of the tenement house at 71 Wilcza St has been completed. The City of Warsaw provided PLN 500,000 as subsidy for the works. This is another tenement house in Warsaw entered in the register of historical monuments which has had its pre-War splendour restored.

The luxury of the 1930s
The tenement house at 71 Wilcza St. was built in 1938, according to a design by Józef Steinberg. It was erected by order of Mojżesz Horowitz for Gilda Horowitz. It constitutes a very interesting example of the functional architecture of the 1930s.
The building has two front facades, facing Wilcza and E. Plater Streets, respectively, which are connected by a characteristic rounded corner with full-balustrade balconies with decorative iron railings. The distinctive character of the tenement house is made up by its finishing materials, such as exterior-wall sandstone from the Szydłowiec area, colourful marble on the staircase, hall doors in chrome-nickel-plated frames, and limestone in the drive-through door.

Preserved bullet holes
The tenement house survived WWII, but the fighting that took place during the Warsaw Uprising left a mark on its stone wall cladding in the form of many bullet holes. At the request of the Warsaw Conservation Officer, the front wall restoration work was preceded by a detailed assessment of the technical condition of each sandstone slab against the possibility of keeping it on the facade. This was crucial, as they were covered with a dark layer of dirt, and on the ground floor the stone was painted over. Luckily, a substantial majority of the slabs proved to be in good technical condition. The assessment also helped secure and exhibit the bullet holes on all exterior walls.

Meticulous restoration of details
Restoration work, carried out by the housing community with the support of the subsidy, covered also metal elements, the front door, drive-through door bars, balcony balustrade, flower stands, address plates with fancy fonts, and original flag pole brackets. Last but not least, the building underwent conservative maintenance of its exterior walls to emphasise its beauty and historical past.