Lucerna Palace

Lucerna Palace (Czech: Palác Lucerna) is an entertainment and shopping complex in the New Town quarter of Prague, Czechia.[1] In 2017, it was named a national cultural monument.[2]

Lucerna Palace
CzechPalác Lucerna
Palác Lucerna Praha 02.JPG
Vodičkova street facade of the Lucerna Palace complex
AddressŠtěpánská 704/61 and Vodičkova 704/36, Nové Město
Prague
Czechia
Coordinates50°4′52.07″N 14°25′32.95″E / 50.0811306°N 14.4258194°E / 50.0811306; 14.4258194Coordinates: 50°4′52.07″N 14°25′32.95″E / 50.0811306°N 14.4258194°E / 50.0811306; 14.4258194
OwnerDagmar Havlová
TypeEntertainment
Construction
Built1907–1921
Years active1921–present
ArchitectStanislav Bechyně
BuilderVácslav Havel
Website
lucerna.cz

Design and constructionEdit

The building, nestled between Štěpánská and Vodičkova streets, was constructed between 1907 and 1921, according to a design by Stanislav Bechyně. The work was carried out by Vácslav Havel (grandfather of former President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel).[3] Originally intended to serve as a hockey stadium, it was reworked into a large social hall as the dimensions were soon found to be unsuited for its initial planned purpose. At the time, it was unique due to being one of the first reinforced concrete buildings in Prague. The edifice bears significant features of the waning Art Nouveau style and the emerging Modernism. In addition to its Great Hall, the complex also houses the Marble Hall, the Lucerna Music Bar, a movie theatre, a café, and a prominent pedestrian walkway, or "passage", connecting Štěpánská to Vodičkova street.

UsesEdit

From its inauguration until the present day, Lucerna has been an important cultural and social centre of the national capital, both in the former Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, hosting concerts, balls, conferences, fashion shows, and sporting events. Over time, some of the most prominent local and international artists have performed at the venue.

After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, Lucerna Palace was returned in restitution to the Havel family and is now owned by Ivan Havel's wife, Dagmar Havlová.[4]

National cultural monumentEdit

The complex has been listed as a heritage monument since 1976.[5] In 2017, it was named a national cultural monument.[2]

TriviaEdit

Lucerna is one of twenty-six buildings in Prague with a functional paternoster lift.[6]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Palác Lucerna". ceskatelevize.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Mezi národní kulturní památky vláda zařadila Invalidovnu i Lucernu" [The Government Has Included the Invalidovna and Lucerna Among the National Cultural Monuments]. idnes.cz (in Czech). 20 February 2017. Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  3. ^ "Dvě výročí stavitele Vácslava Havla" [}Two Anniversaries of the Builder Václav Havel]. stavebnictvi3000.cz (in Czech). 11 November 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  4. ^ "The Lucerna Palace". english.radio.cz. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Palác Lucerna s přilehlými objekty" [Lucerna Palace with Adjacent Buildings]. pamatkovykatalog.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2 May 2021.
  6. ^ "páternostery" [Paternoster Lifts]. paternoster.archii.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2 May 2021.

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