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Old November 5th, 2014, 12:37 AM   #1901
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I'm impressed how much they got done in 5 years.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 06:05 PM   #1902
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Some recent restorations and reconstructions or modernizations of historic buildings:

The complete inside-out restoration of this secessionist building at Noakowskiego 16 continues:

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Restorations in the old town:

Kanonia - these were 16 century kamienice pre-war



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Pre-war - complete post war reconstruction with original basements





Pre-war - complete post war reconstruction with original basements





Pre-war - post war reconstruction incorporating original fašade elements and original basements




Piwna (corner Piwna and Piekarska)




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Europejski Hotel Restoration and Reconstruction Continues:

The original building designed by Henryk Marconi was mostly built from 1855-57 and most of the original exterior fašade has survived the war along with basements. Post war it was restored according to a project by uber architect Bohdan Pniewski, an architectural genius who authored the restoration/reconstruction of countless historic buildings.

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Old November 6th, 2014, 01:08 AM   #1903
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Old November 6th, 2014, 01:18 AM   #1904
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What building is this? First time I've seen this.











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Old November 6th, 2014, 06:15 AM   #1905
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That used to be the Warsaw conservator's office on Foksal Street.
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Old November 6th, 2014, 06:18 AM   #1906
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Beautiful building, but the one next to it is hideous and needs to be demolished or restored.
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Old November 7th, 2014, 12:20 AM   #1907
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Interesting video showing what was originally planned for the Palace of Culture District, where Warsaw's pre-war downtown once stood, where now stands the massive Palace of Culture.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1gjx2vJJ0c

and here is another amazing video showing the Palace of Culture, Stalin's gift, being built, enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyhoXLucx0w
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Old November 7th, 2014, 12:49 AM   #1908
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Awesome footage! I love the lit up cranes.

I can't believe how much of a difference these restorations make. It's incredible. So many East European buildings lost their colour or whiteness years ago and are now a dull brownish grey as a result of soot and moss. The often non-uniform windows make it look worse. Hopefully one day Bucharest will undergo the same kind of rejuvination as Warsaw.
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Old November 7th, 2014, 06:19 AM   #1910
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It looks like Bucharest has made huge progress too. Romania is one country that I definitely plan to visit, especially since I'm a big fan of Vlad Dracul
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Reconstruction of Warsaw

Hello all, very interesting thread and great photos. I have question regarding Professor Oskar Sosnowski, who I have seen mentioned a couple of times in the thread. I was wondering if the architectural drawings he had his students draw up are available to view anywhere of if they are referred to as a collective in any specific manner so I can search for them?
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You can't have those drawings.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 02:09 AM   #1913
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Hello all, very interesting thread and great photos. I have question regarding Professor Oskar Sosnowski, who I have seen mentioned a couple of times in the thread. I was wondering if the architectural drawings he had his students draw up are available to view anywhere of if they are referred to as a collective in any specific manner so I can search for them?
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Very good question. I will look into it and see what comes up. Cheers
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Hello all, very interesting thread and great photos. I have question regarding Professor Oskar Sosnowski, who I have seen mentioned a couple of times in the thread. I was wondering if the architectural drawings he had his students draw up are available to view anywhere of if they are referred to as a collective in any specific manner so I can search for them?
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Further to your inquiry, I should mention that there is some confusion as to who should be credited with saving extensive documentation essential to the reconstruction of Warsaw and who directed students to extensively document Warsaw's old town and other valuable historic documents.

Two names figure most prominently, Jan Zachwatowicz and Oskar Sosnowski. Oskar Sosnowski established the Polish Architecture Institute where Jan Zachwatowicz eventually worked. This institute amassed an indispensable documented trove of Polish architectural heritage prior to the war.

Sosnowski during the interwar period was a successful architect who strove to create a Polish national architectural style while also extensively documenting Polish Jewish architectural heritage, especially synagogues and Polish wooden church heritage. In 1922, he initiated the establishment of the Association of Polish City Planners. In 1929, he founded the Department of Architecture of Poland at Warsaw Polytechnic where he remained as Professor until war broke out. It was there Sosnowski was wounded by German soldiers in the School of Architecture building's courtyard while trying save the archives containing the surveys of Polish Historic Buildings (the preserved documents provided the information to reconstruct the Warsaw Old Town after the war).

Jan Zachwatowicz contributed greatly to the creation of the later Central Bureau of Inventory (documenting architectural and cultural artifacts) that was run by Prof. Jerzy Szablowski. Prof. Zachwatowicz's greatest calling was as a conservator heading the BOS (Biuro Odbudowy Stolicy) or The Capital City Reconstruction Bureau post war in 1944 and we can enjoy the fruits of his labours to this day.

The dramatic events that revolved around saving the extensive documentation of the Central Bureau of Inventory located in a building on Szucha Street where during the war the Gestapo was headquartered involve Zachwatowicz and Szablowski who risked their lives to save 30,000 negatives.

So realty all the these men should be credited with saving so much Warsaw and Polish architectural heritage. There really should be a monument to each of these great men, surprised that there isn't as far as I know.

Here's a picture of Jan Zachwatowicz at work. I always find it so endearing how gentle and humble great men look:



Here is a very interesting radio interview of Prof. Zachwatowicz from 1979 four years prior to his death in 1983:

http://www.polskieradio.pl/39/156/Ar...ulture-polska-

And here is the digital database of the Warsaw University of Technology where the aforementioned documentation still exists. Maybe someone would be interested in doing some research here. At the moment, I don't have the time:

http://bcpw.bg.pw.edu.pl/dlibra

I would like to extend a special thanks to Lolekibolek on the Polish thread for tracking down these interesting links.
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Reconstruction of the Old Town

Thank you for the great response
Very insightful, I'm not a Polish speaker but Ill try and look through the Digital Library for some images.
I have particular interest in the reconstruction of the Old town and the use of Canaletto's (Bernardo Bellotto) paintings in that process. I find this subject fascinating, but I am having difficulty finding out the extent of their use and what other documents helped in the process e.g aforementioned architectural drawings.
The idea that 18th century landscape paintings have shaped the way the historic district of Warsaw now looks is intriguing. It seems that throughout Warsaw there is a reversal of roles. The painting, once inspired by reality, is now the bases for creating it.

Are there any instances where the reconstruction was different from the pre-war architecture because of the reliance on Canaletto's paintings?

The photographs on this thread have been very useful, thanks again.
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Yes indeed Warsaw is a unique case of art imitating life and then life imitating art The reconstructed Warsaw is in numerous cases a reversion to an original version of a given structure, in most cases a pre-partition era original or an idealized concept of what a building may have looked like in the era before Poland's second greatest debacle (Deluge, Partitions and WWII). Sometimes as in the case of St. John's cathedral a conjectured version is recreated of Mazovian Gothic that draws on earlier examples. In all cases, overly "foreign" influences ((19th/20th beaux arts was considered too bourgeois) and accretions are stripped off to reveal a purer form of 18th century neoclassical architectural, which happens to blend very well with socialist realism and interwar modern. An attempt was made to create a more cohesive architectural ensemble and if finances permitted this concept would have been developed further.
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Two monuments to Jan Zachwatowicz both in the old town:



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Prozna Street restoration nearly complete. Only one more building left to restore. The street is officially pedestrian-only as of today. Of course the weather may not be ideal for outdoor cafes.



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Crazy how it used to look:
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I think you'll like these of Warsaw from 1963/64 showing so many empty lots where buildings once stood. Would like to match these up with pics of today.

source: http://metrowarszawa.gazeta.pl/metro...z_lat_60_.html

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