Housing Developments in Interwar Lviv: Własna Strzecha

Location: 1-39 Panasa Myrnoho St. (formerly ul. Własna Strzecha)
Built for: City officials and civil servants
Years of construction: 1928-1932
Architects: Władysław Klimczak, Maksymilian Koczur, and M. Kolbuszewski
Style: Villas in Polish Manor style (styl dworkowy)

Własna Strzecha, 1931 (lvivcenter.org)

After overcoming World War I and the financial crisis, housing developments (often called “colonies”) started to be built in Lviv for private and professional organizations. Many were inspired by Ebenezer Howard’s concept of a garden city. One such project was the residential quarter built for city officials and civil servants — Własna Strzecha.


Własna Strzecha (Polish for “Own Thatched Roof”; Ukrainian: Власна Стріха/Vlasna Strikha) was a housing development project constructed in 1928-1932. Architect Władysław Klimczak together with Maksymilian Koczur and M. Kolbuszewski designed 24 private homes in Polish Manor style (styl dworkowy) featuring volutes, porticos, and two-level hipped roofs (also known as Polish roofs).

The villas were built for city officials and civil servants. Each one cost 7,600 zł, and those who could not pay the entire amount received a loan for 20 years (only 380 zł was paid per year, while the average monthly wage of an unskilled worker was 120 zł) and by 1959 people had to repay the entire loan amount.

Today, many of the houses have undergone renovations and have lost their authentic look. Only some original details remain.

By Areta Kovalska

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