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Old July 11th, 2014, 12:51 AM   #1741
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Love these pics of my favourite unsung heroes of Warsaw's reconstruction, the little people who toiled away day after day doing painstaking work like this, who sifted through the rubble and never left or shrank away from the onerous responsibility of rebuilding a city from scratch. These are the people I have dedicated this thread to above all:

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Old July 11th, 2014, 03:28 AM   #1742
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What we could have instead of this terrible building.

Main post office before the war.
The then and now contrast is enough to bring a tear to the eye.

That little park in the middle looked like a sensational place to unwind after a long day at work.
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Old July 11th, 2014, 03:32 AM   #1743
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Definitely one of Warsaw's finest interiors.
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Old July 11th, 2014, 06:54 AM   #1744
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I agree, but I believe that park was fenced in like many of the London squares used to be. It's layout hasn't actually changed - it's an island of green surrounded by roads. I am looking forward to the upcoming restorations of Plac Malachowskiego and Plac Teatralny and maybe Plac Bankowy which will have underground parking.
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Old July 13th, 2014, 12:31 AM   #1745
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In Memoriam: Kronenberg Palace

Warsaw's most luxurious private residence, designed by Berlin architect Jerzy Henryk Fryderyk Hitzig, and built 1868-1871 for Warsaw banker and industrialist Leopold Kronenberg and his huge family. After his death, it was rented out and by the 20's it became the property of the Bank of Poland. Incendiary bombs damaged the interior of the building in 1939, however it survived intact until 1961 when it's very much intact walls were finally demolished.

Interestingly, the sculpture work was done by Leonard Marconi, born on 6 October 1835 in Warsaw to a well-known artistic family of Italian origin. Son of sculptor Ferrante Marconi and nephew of the great architect Henryk Marconi who designed the Hotel Europejski just across the way from the palace on Pilsudski Square and All Saints Church among other Warsaw landmarks.





The Plans (Atlas zur Zeitschrift fŘr Bauwesen, hrsg. v. G. Erbkam, Jg. 24, 1874 located in Architekturmuseum der Technischen Universitńt Berlin in der Universitńtsbibliothek)























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Post war BOS report:

Palace is in upper right hand corner

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The report essentially writes that it was burned but "nadaje sie do odbudowy" - it is suitable for restoration/reconstruction.

Remains - the caryatids from the front portal survive in a small lapidarium on the University of Warsaw campus



What is on part of the site today:



not a bad building, a great hotel designed by Swedish architects. Certainly as a hotel more useful, but historically of little value, maybe in 50 years if it survives.
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Old July 14th, 2014, 12:24 AM   #1746
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Post war BOS report: (...)

http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/a...ps18ec792e.jpg

The report essentially writes that it was burned but "nadaje sie do odbudowy" - it is suitable for restoration/reconstruction.
I can see "Wniosek: nie nadaje się do odbudowy" which should be read as "summary: NOT eligible for reconstruction" (the sentence is underlined with red). Note that this article describes several buildings.
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Old July 14th, 2014, 03:03 AM   #1747
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Thank you for the clarification. Building A was deemed suitable for reconstruction while B was described as burned and as per your correction the conclusion was that it was "not suitable for reconstruction."
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Old July 15th, 2014, 12:38 AM   #1748
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Aleje Ujazdowskie 1927 - 2014



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Old July 15th, 2014, 01:23 AM   #1749
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One of the least changed parts of Warsaw
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Before the war and now

























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1939 vs 2014













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Old July 15th, 2014, 09:34 PM   #1752
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It is great to see that not all historical buildings where replaced by socialist realism. But seeing the photos in a sequence, it hurts the eyes to see those flat blocks instead of the historical cityscape.
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....the streetscaping and large format ads don't help either. I do prefer the scale of development now, and if the war didn't happen probably some of the buildings in that pic would have been replaced with modern ones. The street has improved quite a bit recently.
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Almost every old picture of pre-war Warsaw triggers a tear. Fortunately, some places remained, other were rebuilt and the most important is that Warsaw keeps (re)building itself more than ever before.
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Rembieliński palace on the Aleje Ujazdowskie in 1939 and now

During Hitler's victory parade in the city:



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And more of the album







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The Great Theatre Warsaw

Designed by Antonio Corazzi and Chrystian Piotr Aigner and opened in 1833, at about the same time as the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and Covent Garden in London.

It was built on the site of Marywil, a commercial complex designed for the Queen of Poland Maria Kazimiera modelled after Place des Vosges in Paris. As a interesting side note, the complex was purchased in 1738 by the Zaluski family who founded their famous library on this site, the wold's first public library.



The Theatre was severely damaged during the war and almost entirely destroyed except for the exterior walls and a relatively intact frontal fašade. It took 20 years to rebuilt according to a design by Bohdan Pniewski and subsequently as a significantly enlarged facility in 1965. When it reopened it was the largest opera theatre complex in the world. The complex now includes the Stanisław Moniuszko Auditorium with 1900 seats, the 250 seat smaller Emil Młynarski Auditorium and Poland's only Museum of Theatre.

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Pre war interior

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Summer Theatre - Saski Gardens



BOS post war record of damage


Can anyone translate this - I have difficulty deciphering written Polish - thanks



Hatched lines shows the outline of the Great Theatre Pre-war





During reconstruction:





Today



Apollonia's quadrig was added in 2002 to finally complete the original design of the fašade.





Interior - the moonscape ceiling in the main auditorium is something to see.

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Old July 19th, 2014, 05:39 PM   #1759
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The Kronenberg Palace was unbelievably beautiful. Why on earth did they demolish it in 1961?

It should be rebuilt to be honest.
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I think it was demolished for ideological reasons, the most sumptuous bourgeois palace and the Moscow didn't like that. There may have been other reasons such as technical ones of finding a new use for it, there were some plans to turn it into a consulate I believe.
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