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Old March 13th, 2015, 10:52 AM   #1
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Which pre WWI European city had the grandest apartment buildings?

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Please don`t just say Paris, London or any other name. Instead provide images of 10-15 Grandest Apartment Houses in your city built before the WWI (pre 1914). By "grand" I mean scale first of all, but also the architectural beauty of course.

Here are 2 classic examples of grand pre-WWI apartment buildings.

One from Brno, Czech Republic


One from Budapest, Hungary


Do you see what I mean by "Scale"?

I repeat, please submit 10-15 images of all the largest pre WWI (pre 1914) apartment buildings in your city. This way assess the scale of the economic and construction boom of the period. I find it rather interesting.
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Old March 21st, 2015, 08:54 PM   #2
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St. Petersburg
Apartment of the agricultural partnership "Pomeshik"
Architect Bluvstein
Constructed in 1911-1912



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St. Petersburg
Rosenstein apartment building
Architects - Rosenstein and Belogrud
Constructed in 1913-1915



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Old March 21st, 2015, 09:08 PM   #4
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St. Petersburg
Basin apartment building
Architect - Basin
Built in 1878-79



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Old March 21st, 2015, 09:19 PM   #5
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St. Petersburg
Apartment building of the Duke of Leuchtenberg
Architect - von Postels
Mosaics by Frolov workshop
Built in 1904-05







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St. Petersburg
Schreiber apartment building
Architect Van-der-Gucht
Built in 1905-1907



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St. Petersburg
Apartment building of the Emir of Bukhara
Architect - Krichinskiy
Built in 1913-14



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In listing these buildings, since the thread is about pre WWI, it would be interesting and complete to note where/who built these jewels. Brno, for example, was not the Czech Republic, rather the city of Brunn in Austria.
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Brno was in fact an important industrial center of Austro-Hungary prior the WW1, but it was never an Austrian city. It was a capital of Moravia. The Moravians are a Slavic ethnic group.
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Old March 23rd, 2015, 05:58 PM   #10
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Ledeled, thank you for posting those St.Petersburg buildings.
I tend to believe that it had the largest concentrations of a large scale apartment houses prior to WWI.

Just look at this monster







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The last picture is actually of another building:

www.citywalls.ru

But it was built for the same landlord by the same architect in the same manner at the same time, so this confusion is understandable.
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Old March 24th, 2015, 01:06 PM   #12
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Brno was in fact an important industrial center of Austro-Hungary prior the WW1, but it was never an Austrian city. It was a capital of Moravia. The Moravians are a Slavic ethnic group.
Hmmm. That's like saying Salt Lake City, Utah is not an American city because it is a capital and has an ethnic base.
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Hmmm. That's like saying Salt Lake City, Utah is not an American city because it is a capital and has an ethnic base.
We can discuss that forever & never agree. However, the thread is about the grand apartment houses of the old Europe. Let`s stay on topic.
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Old March 25th, 2015, 04:10 AM   #14
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Brno was in fact an important industrial center of Austro-Hungary prior the WW1, but it was never an Austrian city. It was a capital of Moravia. The Moravians are a Slavic ethnic group.
Brunn was in fact a majority ethnic German city in the Austro-Hungarian empire and had for centuries been a part of the kingdom of Austria. Brunn continued to be majority German until the end of WWII when the Czechs began to massacre and drive out the Germans who had lived in the area for centuries. The buildings in question in the shared pictures were German designed, built and used - until the Germans were driven off their lands by the Czechs - never to return.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brno

http://www.spiegel.de/international/...-a-646757.html



The 20th century and Greater Brno[edit]


Lands and their capitals (underlined) of the First Czechoslovak Republic



Main railway station in 1901.



Skyscrapers in Brno


In 1919 two neighbouring towns, Královo Pole and Husovice, and 21 other municipalities were annexed to Brno, creating Greater Brno (Czech: Velké Brno).

This was done to dilute the German majority of about 55,000 (including almost all Jews) by addition of the Slavic communities of the city's neighborhood.

Greater Brno was almost seven times larger with population of about 222,000 - before that Brno had about 130,000 inhabitants.[35][36][37] In 1921 Brno became the capital of the Land of Moravia (cz: země Moravská); before that it was the capital of the Margraviate of Moravia. Seven years later, Brno became the capital of the Land of Moravia-Silesia (cz: země Moravskoslezská).
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I love these grand, imposing apartment buildings. They usually have high ceilings and staircases. Quite beautiful and always so solid.
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