Category: art nouveau

Na poříčí 1072/15: Hotel Imperial

The Hotel Imperial was built on the site of the former Black Eagle in 1913-14 by Jaroslav Benedikt. The interior of its late art-nouveau café is covered in hand-made majolica tiles from the Rakovník ceramic works designed by...

Vršovické náměstí 67/8: Civic Savings Bank

Vršovické náměstí 67/8: Civic Savings Bank

The Občanská Záložna (Civic Savings Bank) in Vršovice was founded in 1888, and these splendid art nouveau headquarters date from 1912. The principal architect was Antonín Balšánek, whose name is grandly inscribed in the vestibule along with those...

Slovenská 2499/4: Šaloun Villa

Slovenská 2499/4: Šaloun Villa

This extraordinary facade is the entrance to an art nouveau studio built between 1908 and 1911 by Ladislav Šaloun (1870-1946), the Czech sculptor whose main claim to fame is the memorial to Jan Hus in Prague’s Old Town...

U Havlíčkových sadů 1526/7

U Havlíčkových sadů 1526/7

Part of the facade of a splendid range of town houses perched on the southern edge of Vinohrady overlooking the grounds of the Grebovka villa and the Havlíček Gardens. The particular signature of the architect Edvard Paroubek was...

U Havlíčkových sadů 422/1

U Havlíčkových sadů 422/1

Delicate ironwork grilles such as this one form the balconies of several of the magnificent art nouveau apartment buildings which border the northern side of Havlíčkový Sady. This house in the late art nouveau style dates from 1911-12,...

Polská 1352/32

Polská 1352/32

The complex patterns on the facade of this 1905 house by Jan Majer and Jan Bláha are suggestive of natural designs such as those of the spider’s web, one reason for including the creature itself. But there are...

Masarykovo nábřeží 248/16, Hlahol building

Masarykovo nábřeží 248/16, Hlahol building

This art nouveau house on the right bank of the Vltava was built between 1903 and 1905 for the Prague choral society ‘Hlahol’ – whose name means something like ‘clamour’ or ‘peal’. The interior is decorated with a...

Vozová 1567/8: U Severní Točny

Vozová 1567/8: U Severní Točny

To reach the North Pole became a worldwide obsession in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The American Robert Peary’s arrival there on 6 April 1909 made international headlines, and could well be the explanation for the...

Svatoslavova 589/9

Svatoslavova 589/9

‘Ave Maria!’: bas-relief in a geometric art-nouveau frame adorns the facade of this townhouse in the southern suburb of Nusle.