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Old December 17th, 2013, 06:55 PM   #1401
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a few more unveilings before the New Year:

On Mokotowska, unfortunately stripped of richer pre-war detail, sadly little documentation exists to restore all of it correctly

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Old December 17th, 2013, 06:57 PM   #1402
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Sculpture of Saint Jan Niepomucen (1350-1393) from 1752 on Three Crosses Square after a laser cleaning:





The statue was erected originally to commemorate the paving of Warsaw streets and installation of lighting. This popular saint who perished after being thrown from a bridge into the Ultava was prayed to on many occasions and in 1852 to help end the cholera epidemic.
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Old December 17th, 2013, 07:25 PM   #1403
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Praga Borough Museum nears completion (includes restorations of some of the oldest buildings in Praga:

















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Old December 18th, 2013, 03:39 PM   #1404
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Are they going to cover that retaining wall with anything?
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Old December 18th, 2013, 07:07 PM   #1405
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pretty sure it will be stuccoed to match. besides this is the site of the new creativity incubator that includes more restorations and retrofits of historic buildings.
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Old December 19th, 2013, 04:14 AM   #1406
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a few more unveilings before the New Year:

On Mokotowska, unfortunately stripped of richer pre-war detail, sadly little documentation exists to restore all of it correctly

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I'm quite partial to Mokotowska, my grandparents had a place on her street, while this looks decent compared to what recently stood there surely, it's not good enough, I'd rather they maybe "borrowed" some detail from her distant neighbours down the street to implement. This is not good enough for me but who cares about my opinion really.
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Old December 19th, 2013, 06:36 AM   #1407
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I agree with you - there is a trend in Warsaw, with the exception of recent jewel restored on Prozna Street, for these stripped down restorations citing lack of documentation. Frankly I believe the conservators office is dominated by modernists and this might have an influence as well. It is not good enough, it does not reflect what was Warsaw. These ghostlike versions or bizarre hybrids blending past and present do not recreate the grandeur that was Warsaw, it's somewhat fake. Ignoring the past does not help to bury the barbaric trauma (2nd most heinous crime of WWII, in my opinion) inflicted on this city.

This reno is very nice, but it is a misrepresentation of Warsaw character.
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Old December 20th, 2013, 12:38 AM   #1408
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Another unveiling coming soon, sneak preview:





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Sad about the windows at the bottom - the building kind of looks like something out of Skopje now!
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Old December 25th, 2013, 09:35 PM   #1411
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Merry Christmas/Wesołych Świąt

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That is some very unique light adornment.
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Old December 29th, 2013, 01:30 AM   #1415
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A few recent restorations are truly jaw-dropping in some respects. What's most impressive is that these are restorations of beautifully blended post-war socialist realist additions to post-war rebuilt historical neo-classical and beaux-arts structures and one modern. If only all of Warsaw was rebuilt in this way :

1. First this post-war modern that keeps a nice streetline and is executed flawlessly and simply:

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what stood here pre-war was the Hotel Victoria



2. Great Theatre (Ballet/Opera House) Annex (by (B. Pniewski) Restoration. B. Pniewski restored a multitude of buildings post-war, he was in many ways the Tylman van Gameren(prolific 17th century architect to King Jan III Sobieski) of the post-war era. His work was especially challenging because he was constrained by the post-war Stalinist design ideology that imposed socialist realism in occupied Poland, so he had to convince the overlords that his aesthetic in restoring grand bourgeois palaces was somehow consistent with the ideology of the bogus worker's paradise Poland was now in. Anyway, the work speaks for itself:

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this is what stood here pre-war and was destroyed:





3. Finally, last and maybe least, this restoration: part post-war restoration with a sympathetic post war expansion that has now been even more differentiated; part new addition on the north side in a retroversionist spirit; and an entirely new addition may not be as successful, but time will tell - naysayers seem to be very vocal, but I'm not so sure. You can tell that the architects and City conservator worked overtime to somehow implement the directives of the Charter of Venice in order to differentiate the old from the new and any smaller newer accretions. The new structure borrows the motifs of the original restored pre-war building, abstracts them in a modern spirit, applies them onto a building whose fenestration and articulation (nb: no cornice) is decidedly modernist. Does this work for you?


the street-related display windows have been restored or are they a more contemporary interpretation? - you be the judge.

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this shows that differentiation between the original and the post-war addition once again by Pniewski - the difference is more pronounced now:

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there is an attempt to marry old and new with this classically-inspired entrance portal:

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new modern building with historically-inspired pilasters and other motifs

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looks awkward or controversial to be more diplomatic, but yes it indeed expresses signum temporis - hope the rooftop mechanical units don't mar this elevation after all that has been spent on this new complex. looks like the two lower floors and waterline line up but the rest of the fenestration and cornice line do not - this is deliberate:

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this is what stood on the site of the new structure:



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Happy New Year 2014 Everyone!

Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku 2014!
Hope we see lots of activity and construction news on all the threads. Hope 2014 is the best one in years.
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I really hope that they rebuilt the palace
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Here are some early post-war pics of Old Town reconstruction. After recently reading in Alexandra Richie's book Warsaw 1944 Hitler, Himmler and the Warsaw Uprising, about what a battering the buildings took, not to mention, those tragic souls trapped inside, I am impressed to find any walls standing in these pictures around 1950. At this point Warsaw's population is about 800,000, down from 1.4 million pre-war and considerably up from about 25,000 post-war when Soviet troops walk into the ravaged city in 1945.

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not as densely built up as pre-war and with a highway tunnel going under the old town that at least resolved long standing transportation problems.





view towards St. Martin's and what's left of St. John's cathedral






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