Urban Image Database

The Urban Image Database brings together visual representations on printed images (photographs, postcards, lithographs, etc.), collecting visual information on the history of the towns and cities of East Central Europe and working with public and private archives.

Feature Items

Adam Mickiewicz Monument against the Background of a Multistory Building

City: Lviv
Date: 1928

Building No. 8 behind the monument at one time was the highest building in Lviv – Lviv’s version of a skyscraper. It was built in 1914-1921 for businessman Jonah Sprecher, but its construction was associated with a scandal since all the architects of Lviv publicly objected to the project. During the interwar period many establishments were located here. During the Soviet era the largest bookstore in the city – "House of Books" – was located on the first floor of the building, where it still is located today.

ID: 00116
City: Lviv
Date: 1928
Format: 30х40 cm
Creator: Adam Lenkiewicz
Publisher: Publishing House "Centr Europy", Lwow
Copyright: Lviv Historical Museum
Subject: Mickiewicz Square, the monument, a multistory building

Opera theatre

City: Lviv
Date: 1915-1918

A reasonably commonplace urban view with a picture of the City Theater was new in the early twentieth century. Since 1900 this view became a necessary element of all publications presenting our city, such as postcards, albums and travel guides. The issue of constructing a new, modern theater building arose around 1892, when Skarbek's lease timed out. This meant that from now on the old-fashioned thatre builiding was the charge of the city authorities. After many discussions, a competition was announced for the best project of a new building for the theater. A competent panel of judges selected the winner, architect Zygmunt Gorgolewski, winner of 2nd prize in the competition of projects for the Berlin Reichstag. Finally the foundation-laying began in 1896. For this purpose the river-bed of the Poltva was diverted. Construction was undertaken by the company of Ivan Levynskyi, electrical equipment was installed by Siemens. The completion of the new theater building in Lviv opened a new era in the history of performing arts in the city. The City Theater (also known in various times as the Opera Theater, the Grand Theater, the Ivan Franko Opera and Ballet Theater, and now finally as the Solomiya Krushelnytska State Academic Theater for Opera and Ballet) had its festive opening ceremony on October 4, 1900. Tadeusz Pawlikowski, the first director of the new theater, presented a speech. Pawlikowski was invited from Cracow and offered to form and head a theatrical group. He held the post for six years, during which time 43 operas, 46 operettas and hundreds of drama performances were staged. The first show to play at the new premises was the opera Janek by W. Żełeński with Oleksandr Myshuha and Janina Korolewicz performing the main parts. The opera was directed by Ludwik Solski.

ID: 00068
City: Lviv
Date: 1915-1918
Format: 90х140 mm
Creator: Unknown
Publisher: The Art Gallery of Polish Artists Publishing House, Krakow
Copyright: There are no Known Restrictions on the Usage of this Image
Subject: City theatre, boulevard, buildings of the odd-numbered side of the street, element of Skarbek Theater, lamp-posts, passers-by

View of the city from south-eastern direction

City: Lviv
Date: 1823-1826

View of Lviv from the recently created (1816) boulevard, known as Gubernatorski Valy (from Striletska Square). From the left to the right:  the Korniakt Tower (the belfry of the Uspenska Church), the Dominican Church, the Latin Cathedral belfry, the tower of the old Town Hall (as before 1826), the Dominican Church in Shyroka Street (now Kopernika Street), Greek Catholic St. Yuryi (St. George) Cathedral (in the background). On the right, the facade of the Trinitarians’ Church with two towers (built in 1729). After 1784 Lviv's university was situated here, and after the fire caused by shelling in 1848 and further reconstruction, Preobrazhenska Church is now located here (since 1906). Such lithographs were the predecessors of modern postcards and continued the European tradition of urban landscapes, started in Italy in the 16th century. In the forefront, a new Lviv leisure habit of the time – walking through the park near the city center, first signs of a new age of broad avenues and public space.

 

ID: 00003
City: Lviv
Date: 1823-1826
Format: 27х41 cm; 43,5х58 cm
Creator: Antoni Lange
Publisher: Piotr Piller, Lemberg
Copyright: There are no Known Restrictions on the Usage of this Image
Subject: City view, outside architecture, parks, promenades

The Opening of the Monument of A. Mickiewicz

City: Lviv
Date: 1904

The photograph shows the moment of the opening of the monument to poet Adam Mickiewicz, which took place on October 30, 1904. The day of the opening became a holiday in Lviv: flags were hung out, facades and balconies were decorated, in the cathedral a High Mass was celebrated on this occasion. Poet’s son Wladyslaw Mickiewicz came to Lviv to take part in the celebration, and a famous Lviv composer Stanislaw Niewiadomski wrote a cantata on this occasion. It was performed on the ceremony of the opening by a choir of more than 150 people.

ID: 00120
City: Lviv
Date: 1904
Format: Unknown
Creator: Adam Pirgo
Publisher: Unknown
Copyright: There are no Known Restrictions on the Usage of this Image
Subject: Monument, Opening Celebrations

View of former Governor's Bulwarks

City: Lviv
Date: 1837

The lithography depicts former Governor's Bulwarks along with an east view of the middle part of Vynnychenko Street (formerly known as Charnetskyi St., or before that – as Pańska (Lords') St.) To the right is the Governors Palace, constructed in 1821, which now functions as the session hall of the Lviv Regional Rada (Council, or Parliament). Next to it in the picture is the Chołoniewski Palace, which no longer exists. The building which housed the office of the former coach mail service, providing links between Lviv and Vienna, can also be seen.

ID: 00138
City: Lviv
Date: 1837
Format: 16,5х24 сm; 23х30 cm
Creator: Karl Auer
Publisher: Piotr Piller, Lemberg
Copyright: There are no Known Restrictions on the Usage of this Image
Subject: Panska street, Governors Palace, Chołoniewski Palace (no longer standing)

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