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Old May 4th, 2014, 06:43 PM   #1621
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Interestingly, it was planned to build arch of triumph in Warsaw in 1960s. It was projected by Marek Leykam in modern, avangarde fashion, height approx. 20-30 m, in Saxon Garden, on the main axis East-West, close to the former Western entrance. Stępiński writes about it in the ending of "Seven squares of Warsaw".

Only after your post have I realised, that indeed, it would make a very good closing of the view of the "wide Marszałkowska". Probably the arch would be visible above the trees of the Garden.

They even managed to build a cornerstone (which still exists). And then shortage of money happened
mruczek, you wouldn't happen to have some images of that arch designed by Leykam. It would have been quite nice given the calibre of projects by this superb architect.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 03:15 PM   #1622
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Didn't the restored building of the Zaluski library facade incorporate medallions found during various site works in the late 1960's? I seem to recall that being the case.

In any event, it's unfortunate that such an interesting building sits amid the urban chaos near W/Z / the point towers behind Plac Teatralny.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 05:17 PM   #1623
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I've found something which may not be exactly related to the reconstruction of the city as such, but it may serve as a documentary of the prelude to the events which eventually created the need for this reconstruction.

It is a short American newsreel on the siege of Warsaw in 1939, made by the unrivalled correspondent J. Bryan. I was aware of the existence of his video footage documenting the period right before the war and right after it, but this one was shot during the siege in September and is probably the best, and maybe the only, video material from that particular period.

If it has already appeared in this thread before then I'm sorry for the repetition. Also, as you may note, the material itself may contain some element of exaggeration, but still, it was a newsreel made just after the events by an eye witness, so I believe that it can be justified.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Q1MPXUz7CE
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Old May 5th, 2014, 06:51 PM   #1624
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Didn't the restored building of the Zaluski library facade incorporate medallions found during various site works in the late 1960's? I seem to recall that being the case.

In any event, it's unfortunate that such an interesting building sits amid the urban chaos near W/Z / the point towers behind Plac Teatralny.
that's right those medallions were found later during archeological works I believe.

It's context is indeed unfortunate with respect to the point towers and there isn't much chance of getting rid of them. atleast the ruin at the bank polski site is no more and a new building stands there that emulates the old and it does bring people into the area. I think there may be more chances for infill here that will enhance this gem.
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Old May 5th, 2014, 10:32 PM   #1625
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Didn't the restored building of the Zaluski library facade incorporate medallions found during various site works in the late 1960's? I seem to recall that being the case.

In any event, it's unfortunate that such an interesting building sits amid the urban chaos near W/Z / the point towers behind Plac Teatralny.
Here's a pre-war view along the street to the Zaluski Library (circa 1900 actually, couldn't find anything from 1939 yet):



and today (image a little old, building to left was renovated I believe and it is pre-war I believe):

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Thanks Urbanista1, that's obviously the best perspective. The nearby point towers create a really chaotic condition and street wall, which was what I was referring to. From this perspective, it's almost like there wasn't a war
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yes, I chose this perspective on purpose, on the other side we have a mini Warsaw version of St. James Town, nice that the trees hide some of it...maybe Warsaw could hire that magician Copperfield to make it disappear for a while
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Since we're on the subject of this fascinating building:



Here are the original archival notes concerning the condition of this building post war. As I have read before, the original super structure survived in good condition and from 1960-1962 was restored.



"Budynek murowany o stropach drewnianych zabytkowa (Bibilioteka Zaluskich) ...(nie) nadaje sie do odbudowy." ( as we can see someone added in later that it was not suitable for reconstruction, but this is contrary to what I have read elsewhere, maybe someone knows better...some other notes in green seem to indicate that some portion had to be dismantled?)

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Nice video showing restoration and modernization of Krasinski Gardens:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=qRMEnjo8gYI
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I cannot stand Hanna Gronkiewicz. Her voice is like torture for me. Is there nobody else they could have elected?
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Actually she has been instrumental in the reconstruction and development of Warsaw, she has a big vision for Warsaw, starting with massive investments in infrastructure. She has done more for Warsaw than 100 Rob Ford's could have
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Actually she has been instrumental in the reconstruction and development of Warsaw, she has a big vision for Warsaw, starting with massive investments in infrastructure. She has done more for Warsaw than 100 Rob Ford's could have
Just to be clear, I hate Rob Ford.
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Oh I know that my friend, I was just making a topical comparison. Na zdrowie!
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One of my favourite views of Warsaw, a restored gem next door to a gut and full restoration with three storey add-on in progress...next door to a complete facelift and add-on:



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for G-d's sake, let's rebuild that darn palace!
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What monument is that there in the picture?
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It's title in Polish: Pomnik Polaków, poległych za wierność swemu monarsze and this is from around 1893 before the Russians starting building their church or sobor.
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Is that how Saski looked when it was destroyed, or is that a previous facade/style?
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There were no major changes to 1939. However in the years 1923-33 it was renovated according to a project by Aleksander Sygietyński when the attic that hid the roof returned. This is how it looked in 1938:







attic hides roof



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