Abandoned Kościółs in the Galician Countryside

The makeup of the population of Galicia changed drastically after WWII, one reason being the Soviet-Polish population exchanges in the years right after war, during which most of the Poles that lived in Eastern Galicia moved or were deported to the territory of current day Poland. The traces of these […]

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Horse Stable in Lviv

As part of the horse-drawn transportation infrastucture in Lviv, stables were built alongside residential buildings around the city. Not many of these remain and the traces of these stables are hiding in quite corners and back alleys of Lviv. But I was fortunate to stumble across one such examples of […]

Mysterious Umbrella Holder

My best guess is that this mysterious cement bowl-like contraption found in the corridor of one of Lviv’s old buildings is an umbrella holder…

Plant Hangers in Lviv

These metal curiosities found on many of Lviv’s balconies are plant hangers. Most remain unused these days, but some people still use them to decorate their balconies and courtyards with beautiful flowers. Others have found new purposes for them. Repurposed to dry shoes

Manufacturer’s Marks in Prague

Koubar & Vinklat Manufacturer’s Mark I think this was part of a lock mechanism, maybe for some roller shutters. The top part says “up” an “down” with arrows which way to turn. Hutter & Schrantz Manufacturer’s Mark Hutter & Schrantz is one of the oldest companies in Austria. It was […]

Terrazzo and Mosaic Floors in Prague

I found some nice examples of terrazzo and mosaic flooring in Prague, and they are all in rather good shape, despite being over 100 years old. In addition to the year of installation/construction, I also found one example with the greeting “Salve” (“Welcome”), which is also found in some of […]

Barta & Tichy Praha Tile

Barta & Tichý Praha was one of the most famous ceramic factories in Europe. Here is an example of their work which I found in Prague: This factory has a connection to Lviv, for in the 1880s the famous architect Jan Lewiński opened a store in Lviv where products from […]

Antique Metal Shutters in Prague

Most of the antique roller shutters that I found were made by the company DUKO, which also made shutters for Mukachevo, thus they likely date from the interwar period. Antique shutters made by other companies. I’ve seen the same lion symbol on shutters in Vienna, Berehovo, and Lviv.

Hammer and Sickle Flag Holders in Lviv

As part of Ukraine’s efforts to decommunize the country, in Lviv a few streets are being renamed and a number of memorial plaques and other objects that have Soviet symbols are being dismantled, including Soviet-era flag holders. Here’s a small collection of the hammer and sickle and star flag holders […]

Servant’s Quarters in Prewar Lviv Building

I suppose it was common for buildings in Lviv’s center and wealthier neighborhoods to have the architectural infrastructure for servants who lived with the families. These now largely antiquated architectural elements would have included a servant staircase, sleeping quarters, and a separate wash area. Fortunately, the planning of my apartment […]

Delicateka: Burgers and Antique Roller Shutters

A new burger joint opened up in an Austrian-era building near Lviv’s Rynok Square. It was built as a revenue house by Ukrainian sculptor and architect Mykhailo Makovych in 1912. The following year it also housed a small traders association. Fortunately, when the owners of the new establishment renovated the […]