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

Former Akademicki Square

City: Lviv
Date: 1913-1918

Postcard depicting the inofficial Aleksandr Fredro Square (today Shevchenko Boulevard). In 1871-1944 the place was called the Plac Akademicki, or Academicki Square. In the foreground part of the small park can be seen with an element of the monument to Count Fredro (1897, by sculptor L. Marconi). At the far left the building No. 28 in then Akademicka Street can be seen (constructed in 1897 by Jakub Bałaban). Beginning in 1912 the building housed the Corso Cinema. Left to right are: building No. 25 in Akademicka St., constructed in 1911 by Jan Schulz; view of Fredro St.; building No. 27 on the intersection of the former Fredro and Łozyński streets (constructed 1908-1909 by Zbigniew Brochwicz-Levynskyi), home to the famous Szkocka (Scottish) Coffeehouse in 1909-1939; view of Łozyński St, which was constructed in 1913 in place of the park, surrounding the Fredro Palazzo.

ID: 00104
City: Lviv
Date: 1913-1918
Format: Unknown
Creator: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Copyright: There are no Known Restrictions on the Usage of this Image
Subject: Monument, houses, cart, cinema

St. Nepomuk Monument

City: Lviv
Date: 1860-1870

A figure of St. Jan Nepomuk used to be situated on a bridge near hotel “De Russie” – “Russian” (1796). In the 1830ies it was moved to the end of Sviatoho Jana street (Shevchenko avenue, crossroads of Fredra, Gertsena and Saksaganskoho streets) and put on the bridge across Poltva, which was then flowing in the middle of the street. In 1890 Poltva was finally hidden under the ground, and the statue of St. Jan was dismantled and moved to St. Mykolaya church; the further fate of this monument is unknown.
On the right a sign with the inscription “Frischgebäck” can be seen – probably bread could be bought in this building.

ID: 00578
City: Lviv
Date: 1860-1870
Format: 9,5х13,5 cm
Creator: Josef (Józef) Eder
Publisher: Publishing House "Centr Europy", Lwow
Copyright: Lviv Historical Museum
Subject: Monument, bridge, people on the street, kerosene lamp, buildings

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

Halych Square

City: Lviv
Date: 1914 -1918

The postcard depicts what is today known as Halych Square with a view of the former Roman Catholic Bernardine Church (now a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church of St. Andrew the First-Called). To the left is building No. 7, which in 1902-1934 housed the Central Coffeehouse. To the right is a small park by the building of the criminal court. In the centre of the park a fountain was located with a statue of a water nymph, constructed in 1890 by T. Błotnicki. Today a other fountain and a small café stand in their place.

ID: 00082
City: Lviv
Date: 1914 -1918
Format: 90х140 mm
Creator: Unknown
Publisher: Dawid Grund, Lwow
Copyright: There are no Known Restrictions on the Usage of this Image
Subject: Bernardine Church, Halych Square, pulled carriages, passers-by

Yablonovskii monument

City: Lviv
Date: 1860-1870

The oldest Lviv secular monument to Hetman Stanislaw Jablonowski, the defender of Lviv against the Tatars (1695), was constructed approximately 1752-1754. According to Y. Biryulyov the sculptor was probably Sebastian Fesinger. The statue of the Hetman originally stood in the courtyard of the old JesuitCollege, his mortal remains having been buried in the Jesuit church. During the restoration of the church the monument disappeared but was accidentally rediscovered by a journalist (Hippolyt Stupnitsky) in the middle of the 19th century in the backyard of house № 13 in Karl Ludwig Street. At the public expense the monument was restored by the sculptors Paul Eitel and Leopold Schimser and in 1859 it was erected in the city boulevard / street. Since then these places were called "Hetmanski Valy" (Hetman Ramparts) and "Hetmanska" Street. In the background there is a house which used to stand in "Tekhnitska" Street (nowadays "Nyzky Zamok" Street). Today there is a small market here known as "Vernissage".

ID: 00576
City: Lviv
Date: 1860-1870
Format: 10х14 cm
Creator: Josef (Józef) Eder
Publisher: Publishing House "Centr Europy", Lwow
Copyright: Lviv Historical Museum
Subject: Monument, building, street

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