Václavské náměstí 826/25: Grand Hotel Evropa

The Grand Hotel Evropa (originally the Archduke Stephen) on Wenceslas Square was built in 1889 according to a plan by Josef Schulz.  It was renovated in the Art Nouveau style between 1903 and 1905 by Bedřich Bendelmayer. Adjacent...


Václavské náměstí 832/19

Currently the home of the H&M fashion store in Wenceslas Square, this grand neo-baroque building by Friedrich Ohmann and Osvald Polívka was at one time the headquarters of the Trieste-based insurers Assicurazioni Generali. Between 1 November 1907 and...


Francouzská 966/33

Outside the immediate centre of Prague, the experimentation with neo-baroque styling becomes, if anything, more extravagant and florid. Many turn-of-the-century apartments along Francouzská (France Street) are laden with deeply-recessed pediments and cartouches, filled with heavy swags and flourishes...

House of the Stone Bell, Prague

Staroměstské náměstí 605/13: House of the Stone Bell

One of the earliest surviving domestic residences in the city is the exquisite Dům u kamenného zvonu (House of the Stone Bell) in the Old Town Square. The building’s name derives from the bell carved into a corner...


Na Královce 508/3

Dating from 1908, this fine neo-baroque apartment building presents its beautifully-proportioned facade to the quiet street of Na Královce, adjacent to the Grébovka Villa. Since 2011, this house has been home to the offices of The Prague Vitruvius.


Krymská 103/27

Relief of a young woman or angel with a cornucopia, representing plenty. The art nouveau sculpture appears on the facade of an otherwise relatively ordinary facade on Krymská (Crimea Street) in Vršovice


Staroměstské náměstí 608/10

Arms of the City of Prague: ‘Gules, a tower, triple-towered or, in the open gateway an arm in armour embowed fesseways holding in the hand a sword in bend sinister, all proper.’ The arms, which appear on several...


Celetná 562/20

Above a baroque lintel in the Old Town of Prague appears this inscription, dated 1773: ‘To him and those who come after him’ (‘postebis’ corrected to ‘posteris’). The building is now part of the Philosophical Faculty of Charles...


V kolkovně 910/8

The Sanitation Act of 1893 led directly to the destruction of much of the Old Jewish Town of Prague; what replaced the centuries-old ghetto were tall art-nouveau buildings in the Parisian style. Indeed, the glistening new thoroughfare that...