Kastelivka in the Current of Time: The Architecture and History of the Southwestern District of Lviv (1880-1930)

Kastelivka in the Current of Time: The Architecture and History of the Southwestern District of Lviv (1880-1930)

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Ihor Zhuk

Ukrainian Catholic University

October 11, 2012

Center for Urban History, Lviv

Kastelivka is the historic name of a region in Lviv's southwest, bounded by today's Kotliarevskyi, Heneral Chuprynka, Kolberg and Horbachevskyi streets. A colony of single-family dwellings was built in this region at the end of the 19th century with an architecture oriented towards the neo-romantic villa. The creators of the Kastelivka ensemble were Julian Oktawian Zachariewicz (1837-1898), the leading master of Lviv (Lemberg) architecture in the era of historicism, and the legendary Lviv (Lemberg) builder Ivan Levynskyi (1851–1919).

Kastelivka embodies the various social, economic, political, and cultural contexts of Lviv's history in the turbulent era of its modernization. The presentation was based on scholarly materials collected during the process of developing the project "Lviv Interactive," which is based at the Center for Urban History of East-Central Europe.

Ihor Zhuk

is an art historian and author of scholarly articles and catalogues published in Ukraine, Poland, Austria, Germany and the USA dedicated primarily to the architecture of Lemberg-Lwow in the 19th and early 20th centuries. He defended his Ph.D. dissertation, "Decorative Detail in the Architecture of the Lviv Secession," in 1989. He curated several architectural-historical exhibitions (in particular, he organized an exhibition of the work of Julian and Alfred Zachariewicz in Krakow and Wroclaw, 1996). In 2010 he published a monograph, Levysnkyi's Lviv: City and Builder (Kyiv: Hrani-T). He teaches a course on the History of European Art at the Ukrainian Catholic University. From 2008 he works with the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe

Credits

Сover Image: Edward Trzemeski. Buildling in Kastelivka, 1891. Collection of Ihor Kotlobulatov / Urban media archive