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07.02.2017 / Publications, The Renewal

From a Tenement House to a Museum

From a Tenement House to a Museum

This publication describes the history of the premises of the museum dedicated to the history of Warsaw in the Old Town Market Square. It covers the period from 1911, when the Society for the Preservation of Historical Monuments of the Past acquired the Baryczka House, to 1955, the year in which the post-Second World War reconstruction of Warsaw was completed and the first permanent exhibition at the Museum of the Capital City of Warsaw was launched. The aim is to illustrate the complex processes of redevelopment and reconstruction of the Old Town buildings intended for a museum institution, as well as to present them in a broader context of the changing significance of the Old Town, the conservation issues, and the political circumstances.

Małgorzata Popiołek (1986) studied history of art in Warsaw and in Freiburg im Breisgau, and preservation of monuments in Berlin. She is the author of the book titled Postwar Reconstruction of the Nowy Świat Street in Warsaw (2012), and of research papers on the history of architecture and urban planning in the 20th-century Poland and Germany. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis on the prewar origins of the Warsaw historical centre reconstruction programme.

The book is not yet available for purchase, but its digital version is available below.


From a Tenement House to a Museum
Scholarly editing: Barbara Hensel-Moszczyńska
Editing: Katarzyna Sobolewska
Polish proofreading: Julia Odnous
Translation: Anna Micińska
English version proofreading: Zofia Sochańska
Index of names: Agnieszka Rasmus-Zgorzelska
Photo editing: Monika Walendowska, Julia Odnous, Agnieszka Rasmus-Zgorzelska
Draft of plans based on the archival materials: Beata Gula
Scholarly consultation of the draft: Barbara Hensel-Moszczyńska
Managing editor: Agnieszka Rasmus-Zgorzelska
Concept and coordination: Małgorzata Mycielska
Graphic design and layout: Iwo Rutkiewicz

Published by: Muzeum Warszawy / Museum of Warsaw

1st edition

Warsaw 2016

ISBN: 978-83-62189-82-3

© Chomętowscy, A. Funkiewicz, W. Juszczak, J. Metzger, A. Myszkowski, M. Wojtowicz, K. Zachwatowicz, Żarynowie

© Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego, Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe, Politechnika Warszawska

© Muzeum Warszawy

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