Levynsky’s Lviv: the City and the Architect

Levynsky’s Lviv: the City and the Architect

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March 22, 2011 / 6.00 pm

Center for Urban History, Lviv

Hrani-T publishing house of Kyiv was presented a new book entitled Levynsky’s Lviv: the City and the Architect authored by the renowned Lviv researcher Ihor Zhuk.

The illustrated album, printed thanks to financial support from the Halnaftohaz Company, includes close to 550 illustrations. This is the largest publication dedicated to Ivan Levynsky, a leading Halician construction company owner in the 1880s and 1910s; he was also a manufacturer, architect, professor, community activist, and philanthropist.

Ivan Levynsky, one of the most prominent figures in Lviv’s history, has not been thoroughly examined despite playing a phenomenal part in Ukrainian culture from the end of the Nineteenth through the beginning of the Twentieth Century. A well organized text, complimented by scientific devices, and a large volume of architectural photographs and cartographic materials, the book will help to more accurately detail the professional identity of Levynsky as a builder-architect, and will help us understand the typical characteristics of his professional style.

The book presents many materials that relate to the personal and professional aspects of this individual. Most of the information in the book is being presented for the first time in print. For example, you can see the reproduction of Ivan Levynsky’s, portrait painted in 1916 by Kyiv an artist Fotiy Krasytsky (collection of the National Art Museum of Ukraine).