Antique Sinks in Lviv

Many of Lviv’s old buildings had communal sinks located in courtyards, balconies, or hallways.  As they no longer provide water to the residents of the buildings, they have become popular antiques. They have been removed and are sold at antique markets and shops, and as a result very few remain in their original locations, especially the nicer ones with manufacturer’s marks.  Fortunately, many can still be viewed by the public for many of Lviv’s restaurants now use them as decorations as well as sinks.

This may be Lviv’s last antique sink with a manufacturer’s mark still found in its original location:

This sink is located in the hallway of an old building:
This courtyard sink has been painted over:
These next two courtyard sinks have been removed:
People have found various clever uses for the beautiful sinks.
Doorside Table
Flower Pot
Decoration Outside a Cafe
Decoration at Jewish Festival
And there is now a trend for restuarants to use the antique sinks in their bathrooms:
Sink at Kumpel Restaurant
(the Perkun company also made manhole covers)
Sink at Sztuka Cafe
(Zygmunt Rodakowsi Lwow)
Sink at Khlib i Vyno Restaurant
Sink at Cafe 1
This sink was made by Bracia Mund (“Bracia Mund Lwów” (a company founded in 1898 on ul. Sykstuska—currently Doroshenka St.) the same company that manufactured tiles used in many of Lviv’s buildings.
This Bracia Mund sink I found in the bathroom of a bar in Ivano-Frankivsk:

8 thoughts on “Prewar Painted Stripes in Lviv

  1. Thank you Areta for another important and timely blog post on the challenges and issues of Jewish heritage and recovery of memory. We are hopeful that soon the headstones used as basement steps in a courtyard in Lviv (Hałycka Płoszcza 15 / Galitskaya 15) will be recovered. The Lviv Volunteer Center is working behind the scenes to make this happen, with the support of the Lviv Jewish community and others.

  2. This is the part that blows my mind: “During periods of transition, the records occasionally show the use or mix of two languages—Church Slavonic and Latin, or Latin and Ukrainian…”
    SO COOL!
    Thanks, Areta!

  3. > The largest and best-preserved fragment of Lviv’s medieval defense structures is the Hlyniany Gate (1618)

    Areta, Hlyniany Gate and wall around it have been renovated.

    There used to be some residential building in its place (behind the now-demolished fire station in the foreground)

    Building, close-up

    The wall looked like this

  4. Any idea what the Yiddish is on the hat sign on the right? I can make out most of the letters, but my Yiddish isn’t good enough to fill in the blanks. I used to pass by that wall frequently on my way to a friends house, but he has moved since then. It’s still my favorite ghost sign, though 🙂

  5. Kudos to you, Aretha. I came across your blog from a repost from one of your diaspora Ukrainian language from Pre-war Galicia words versus accepted and widely used Post-war words for a long list of foods. I too grew up in the diaspora in Cleveland. I was in Lviv in November of this soon to be last year. Although Lviv is my Dad’s ancestral city, I had family from Central Ukraine and grew up hearing both dialects. I think the blog was from 2014 or 2015. I wanted to leave a comment on your new blog and commend you for the interesting sociolinguistic and cultural discussions you have initiated. Nice to see that you are now in the field doing your research first-hand.

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