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Warsaw. The tenement house at Piwna Street in the Old Town will undergo renovation

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The Town Hall announces the commencement of renovation and maintenance work on the tenement house at 13 Piwna Street in the Old Town. It was built at the end of the 17th century and was extended by one floor in the 19th century. During the Warsaw Uprising, the building was burnt down and its remains demolished. In the 1950s, the tenement house was rebuilt. It needed a major renovation for years.

According to the city hall, works will now be carried out on the most visible front wall. The façade is dirty, damp and salty. The plasters are cracked. Renovation will consist in repairing cracks in the walls, drying them, filling in plaster defects. At the end, new façade plasters dyed in the mass will be applied, thanks to which the original, currently faded, colors will be restored.

The most valuable element of the façade has been preserved from the original tenement house

Conservation works include the portal of the gate from the side of Piwna Street. It is the most valuable element of this façade and of the entire building. It was made of Szydłowiec sandstone. This is the only valuable element that has survived from the original 17th-century tenement house. It bears traces of numerous war damages, repairs, as well as dirt and acts of vandalism. The portal is significantly damp and polluted. It requires professional conservation work: cleaning, strengthening, removing traces of numerous repairs, making new additions and securing.

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Originally, abrasive and mechanical cleaning was planned. However, in the end, the restoration contractor opted for laser cleaning. “Taking into account the decorative form of the keystone of the portal with the figural representation of the head of St. John the Baptist, it was the right decision” – officials assure.

“Conservation works on the tenement house are to last until October 2. The amount of the municipal subsidy granted is PLN 108,000” – sums up the town hall.

Main photo source: Tomasz Zieliński / tvnwarszawa.pl

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