Architectural gems of Austrian Lviv

  • Building No. 1/3 at the corner of Svobody Prospect and Kopernika Street, known as the Hausner House, and the most beautiful Empire building in Lviv, was built in 1809-1822. In the 1850s Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria lived here. The buildingРІР‚в„ўs faГ§ade is adorned with numerous reliefs on mythological themes, including compositions of Amor and Psyche and Paris kidnapping Helen by the Lviv sculptor Gartman Witwer.

    The Museum of Ethnography and Arts and Crafts in 15 Svobody Avenue was built in 1891 and designed by Julian Zachariewicz for the Halytska Savings Bank. The façade of the grand romantic building is decorated with rusticated stone, polychrome brick, and forged metal. The top of the building is adorned with a dome and the sculptural group of Savings by Leonardo Marconi; its central figure resembles the American Statue of Liberty. It was this Lviv sculpture that in 1884 inspired the creation of the sculpture later given by France to the citizens of New York.

    The most impressive building in Kopernika Street (No. 15) is the former Palace of the Counts Potocki. The magnificent and exquisite building is regally situated beyond its decorative iron gate. Designed in 1890 by Lviv architect Julian Cybulski in the style of French Renaissance, this imposing palace is adorned with reliefs, stucco mouldings, wall-paintings, and stained glass.      

    The Neo-Gothic building No. 11 in Valova Street of 1910 was designed by architect A. Schlehen. The stylized lancet windows are quite interesting. The medieval knights on the second floor balcony hold shields with the heraldic emblems of lands of Western and Eastern Halychyna, Volyn, and the emblem of Lviv.   

    6 Knyazya Romana Street was built in 1912-1914 of dark masonry in the spirit of German Jugendstil. It instantly invites attention by its unusual stylization of the Middle Ages. The figures of sullen knights-atlases and the bas-reliefs of ferocious lions convey a mood of a severe ancient epoch, although at the same time the building displays features of refinement particular to early 20th century Secession architecture.

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