In Search of the “National Polish Style”

This house is an interesting implementation of Polish wooden architecture from the Tatra Mountains (Podhale region) in a non-wooden urban environment. It`s the only building in such style in Warsaw and of the few to survive the Second World War in this area.

This facade was created in 1906 by Jarosław Wojciechowski. The architect was inspired by new wooden buildings in Zakopane, being themselves an interpretation of traditional architecture of Podhale with an Art Nouveau twist.

The building’s style (Polish: styl zakopiański) came from attempts of creating a Polish national style of architecture while Poland was still ruled by the Russian Empire, Prussia and Austria-Hungarian Empire. Other ideas were focused on Middle Ages and Polish Gothic architecture, perhaps cause it would be difficult to rebuild a tall tower into a Rusian style onion dome.