Lviv vs. Berlin: Pre-First World War Architecture

Majestic Art Nouveau buildings in Germany’s capital and the top tourist city of Ukraine

© All photos by Slava Shestopalov

Chapter 1. Lovely villas

🇺🇦 Lviv: Villas of Kastelivka (1890s)

Villas by Zakharevych and Levynsky in snowy March.

🇩🇪 Berlin: Villas on Hagenplatz (1890s)

Villa Müller-Breslau after the sunset and Villa Holmgren in the afternoon.
Landhaus Woringer early in the morning.

🇺🇦 Lviv: Villa Shultz (1896)

Villa Shultz one hour before the sunset.

🇩🇪 Berlin: Doppelvilla Schwedlerstraße 9/9A (1898–1899)

Doppelvilla Schwedlerstraße on a rainy sping morning.
Doppelvilla Schwedlerstraße: a bas-relief with dragons above the ground floor.

🇺🇦 Lviv: Dolynskyi Villa (1899)

Dolynskiy Villa: elaborate roof with a gargoyle and the front facade.

Chapter 2. Majestic hotels

🇺🇦 Lviv: Hotel “George” (1900, 1906)

The front facade of hotel “George” in the evening.
Hotel “George”: the statue “Africa” in the sunset light, and the statue “America” on a rainy day.

🇩🇪 Berlin: Hotel am Steinplatz (1906–1907)

Hotel am Steinplatz with the sunset reflected in its windows.
Decoration of the Hotel am Steinplatz.

Chapter 3. Mysterious mansions

🇩🇪 Berlin: Villa Nölle (1901–1902)

Abandoned Villa Nölle on a cold April evening.

🇺🇦 Lviv: Sosnowski House (1901, 1907)

Sosnowski House: a lion near the entrance and view from the corner.
Sosnowski House: decoration of the balcony.

Chapter 4. Fabulous schools

🇺🇦 Lviv: “Red Schools” (1880–1890s)

Shimon Konarsky School in autumn.
St. Anne School on sunny midday and a pair of school’s signature windows.
St. Mary Magdalene School in the overcast February morning.

🇩🇪 Berlin: Victoria-Luisen-Schule (1903–1904)

Victoria-Luisen-Schule in the morning: the main entrance.
Victoria-Luisen-Schule in the morning: a gargoyle on the side facade and corner tower.
Victoria-Luisen-Schule: bas-reliefs of the five elements (fire, earth, water, air, electricity).

🇩🇪 Berlin: Höhere Mädchenschule Zehlendorf (1902–1903)

Mädchenschule Zehelendorf in the daylight.
Mädchenschule Zehelendorf: the main facade and side tower.

🇺🇦 Lviv: Ukrainian Pedagogical Society (1906–1908)

The main facade of the Ukrainian Pedagogical Society a couple of hours before the sunset.

Chapter 5. Commercial estates

🇺🇦 Lviv: Bank of Prague (1911–1912)

Bank of Prague a minute after the street lights were switched on.
Bank of Prague: sculptures on the facade.

🇩🇪 Berlin: Hackesche Höfe (1906–1907)

Hackesche Höfe: the main, most famous courtyard in the evening and afternoon.
The main facade of Hackesche Höfe with modern clothing brands.

Chapter 6. Profitable houses

🇩🇪 Berlin: Luisenhaus (1892–1893)

Luisenhaus before the sunset.

🇩🇪 Berlin: Kurfürstenhaus (1895–1897)

Kurfürstenhaus in the afternoon.
Kurfürstenhaus is lit by the rays of the setting sun.

🇺🇦 Lviv: Segal’s House (1904)

Segal’s House early in the morning.
Segal’s House: one of the original windows at night.

🇩🇪 Berlin: Mietwohnhaus Kurfürstendamm 59–60 (1905–1907)

Mietwohnhaus Kurfürstendamm during a warm spring evening.

🇺🇦 Lviv: House Doroshenka 15 (1906–1907)

House on Doroshenka: in the evening and in the morning.

🇩🇪 Berlin: Mietwohnhaus Kaiserdamm 118 (1907–1908)

Mietwohnhaus Kaiserdamm during the summer sunset.
Mietwohnhaus Kaiserdamm: mosaics and gargoules above one of the entrances.

🇺🇦 Lviv: House Kniazia Romana 6 (1912–1913)

House on Kniazia Romana before an unexpected March snowfall.
House on Kniazia Romana: the knight sculptures at night.

Chapter 7. Beautiful theatres

🇩🇪 Berlin: Renaissance Theater (1902)

Neon lighting of the Renaissance Theater.

🇺🇦 Lviv: Catholic House (1908–1909)

Catholic House a couple of hours before the sunset on a windy March day.
Catholic House: the facade details.

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