Instead restoring a historical villa they demolished it

The investor who promised to restore a historical villa on the Eastern outskirts of Warsaw (Poland) during almost two years of work demolished the building and led to it being removed from the registry of monuments. The villa is one of 19th cent. administration buildings of a former ceramics factory belonging to the manufacturer, Kazimierz Granzow. The building possessed many distinct architectural features, such as brick elevation decorated with geometric features, serving as a advertisement for the manufacturer’s construction abilities. The building survived World War II despite the factory being bombed by Germans. It was listed in the monuments’ registry in 1984.

Remains of the villa scattered around the site (by TVN Warszawa)
Remains of the villa scattered around the site (by TVN Warszawa)

The company named Millbery started restoration works on it in 2014 that allowed for removal of the debris and demolition of destroyed parts. Part of the official agreement for the works was the promise to secure the decorative elements and to restore the monument in it’s historical shape. But in 2015 the investor applied to the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (evading Warsaw’s Heritage Office) for removal of the building from the registry and not waiting for the official decision demolished the building. The Ministry removed the building from the registry in the end but upon the fact that the building was destroyed and its restoration in historical shape was no longer possible. Currently the land parcel is covered with thick vegetation and the relics of the former building lay scattered in piles.

Remains of the villa scattered around the site (by TVN Warszawa)
Remains of the villa scattered around the site (by TVN Warszawa)

(after TVN Warszawa)

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