A Guide to Zamość

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Historical buildings

The Centralka House

Zamość residents use this name to refer to the House of the Second Lending and Saving...

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Zamość residents use this name to refer to the House of the Second Lending and Saving Society in Zamość, erected between 1910 and 1911. The modern, three-storied Art Nouveau house with white walls was the only house in Zamość to have been equipped with electricity and central heating (hence its name “Centralka”). It housed a restaurant, offices, a cinema, flats, shops and an exclusive hotel. This is how writer Maria Dąbrowska recalled her stay in the hotel: In Zamość we stayed at a hotel equipped with electricity, central heating and a sewage system but the rooms were very expensive. Zamość reminds me of some Italian towns but it definitely exceeds them in one respect: the hotel is four times as expensive as those in Venice.

Between 1922 and 1935 Bolesław Leśmian, a poet and a notary of Zamość court lived in the Centralka House. A tablet placed on the wall of the building facing Żaromskiego Street commemorates the fact. You can find out more about Bolesław Leśmian under a bookmark entitled “Famous people from and in Zamość”.

At present “Centralka” houses flats and shops, such as a bookshop and service centres on the ground floor. 

The landmark is included in audio guides

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