Since the very beginning of its existence, Foksal Street has been an address for the elites. In the 18th century an elegant city garden was created here, modelled on London’s Vauxhall Park, where balls and shows were organised. In the following century, the Warsaw aristocracy and bourgeoisie began to build their palaces and residences along the former garden avenue. In the interwar period, Foksal Street became the favourite meeting place of the capital’s high society, that would spend their time in the famous Café Snob and Café Bodo.
In 1895-1898, two luxurious tenement houses were built at Foksal 13 and 15, designed and constructed by the architect Artur Otton Spitzbarth. From the beginning, they were home to many eminent figures of merit for Polish culture and statehood, such as the war hero Kazimierz Kubala, the painter Zygmunt Badowski or the poet Stefan Napierski. In the interwar period, ministers and senators of the reborn Poland also lived here, including Stanisław Grabski, Ignacy Radlicki, Juliusz Zdanowski and Emil Godlewski. In the 1930s, the building at Foksal 13 became the property of the famous entrepreneur and “king of chocolate”, Jan Wedel, who rebuilt it and equipped it with numerous modern amenities, such as the first panoramic lift in Warsaw.
Foksal 13 in the 1920. The restoration plans and their execution were based on this picture.
View of Foksal Street from Nowy Swiat, early 20th century.
Eastern part of Foksal Street in the interwar period with Zamoyski Palace in the background.
Japanese ambassadress Shidzuko Sato portrayed by Zygmunt Badowski, renowned painter and artistic spirit of pre-war Warsaw.
A ball on Foksal Street. Jadwiga Beck during a conversation with Turkish ambassador, Ferdi Tek.
Eugeniusz Bodo, renowned pre-war actor. He ran a famous restaurant, Café Bodo, also on Foksal Street.
Self-portrait of the painter Zygmunt Badowski, who ran his studio in the attic of a tenement house.
Jan Wedel, famous entrepreneur, “king of chocolate” and owner of the Foksal 13 tenement house in the 1930s.
Behind the elegant façades of the Foksal 13/15 tennant houses there are magnificent courtyards and lavish staircases, decorated with colourful polychromes, marbles, beautifully carved portals and hand-forged balustrades.
The 4-metre high apartments could compete with charm and splendour of aristocratic residences, and their magnificent interiors impress with a wealth of nearly 100 patterns of antique stucco and 20 mosaic parquet floors.
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