06 Dec, 2019

Beginnings

A semi-detached villa at Langiewicza Street No 19/21 was designed by architect Marian Kontkiewicz, who had designed various buildings in Warsaw, for instance the House of Wedinger at Śniadeckich Street No 23, the palace at Mokotowska Street No 62, and the villa of the first president of Poland, Gabriel Narutowicz, at Parkowa Street. Kontkiewicz was known for his passion for architecture, and is harkening back to historical forms.

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"Little Belvedere" up to 1946

The Commissioner of the Polish Government for the City of Warsaw, Władyslaw Romuald Teofil Jaroszewicz, was the first owner of part of the detached villa bearing the number 21. He purchased it under a notarial deed in 1931 from the building co-operative of Kolonia Staszica. Władysław Jaroszewicz was a loyal officer of the Polish government formed after the May coup-d’état in 1926 by Józef Piłsudski. According to some historical sources, he had a lavish lifestyle, and evidence of this remains in the number of mortgages, which can be seen even today, in the land register for this property.

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"Little Belvedere" to "Little Favela"

After the tragedy of the Second World War, everything in Europe changed. The homeless Warsaw citizens, seeking shelter in the ruins of a Warsaw destroyed after the Warsaw Uprising, occupied Little Belvedere.

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From "Little Favela" to "Little Belvedere"

With enormous effort, the house was returned to its rightful owner in 1989. After the death of my mother I inherited the house, referred to as “the ruin” within the members of my family.

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