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The House at the Minute
05-MAR-2017

The House at the Minute

This building, part of the Old Town Hall complex, is a typical example of Czech Renaissance townhouse architecture. The facade, decorated with sgraffito, depicts scenes drawn from biblical and mythological sources, as well as contemporary Renaissance legends. Franz Kafka and his parents lived here from 1889 to 1896.
The house can be found in the neighbourhood of the Old Town Hall area. In core, it is late-Gothic from the beginning of the 15th century; it was modified in Renaissance style after 1564. At the end of the 16th century, the owners added a low third floor to the originally two-storied house, terminated by a mighty lunette cornice. In late Baroque, the position of windows was changed several times. The house is a typical example of Bohemian burgess Renaissance architecture. Before 1712, the house was owned by Matěj Bartl, who ran a pharmacy here. Back then the house was called At the White Lion. From the end of the 18th century on, there was a house emblem in a form of a Classicist sculpture of a white lion. The sculpture of the lion still decorates the corner of the house today. The later name, At the Minute (U Minuty), is derived from the word minutious, i.e. very small, tiny, and it documented the fact that “minced” tobacco used to be sold here.The house was about to be demolished, together with the neighbouring Pecoldovský House, in order to align the block of houses between the Old Town Square and the Small Square. Luckily, a Committee for listing the constructional, artistic and historical monuments of the Capital City of Prague was against it, and when some sgraffitoes were discovered on the neighbouring house in 1905, a decision was made that both houses would remain where they were. Sgraffitoes in the House at the Minute were only discovered in 1919 when it was being repaired.

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MarcViskens18-Sep-2017 16:29
very pretty José
Don17-Apr-2017 22:51
Remarkable design, a townhouse with a difference!
Milan Vogrin17-Apr-2017 13:47
Look Great! V
Helen Betts18-Mar-2017 16:36
I remember this beautiful house, and you've captured it well. V.
bill friedlander18-Mar-2017 16:22
The decorations on the building are amazing.V
Walter Otto Koenig18-Mar-2017 16:03
Very nice architecture. I like the decorations. "V"
Pieter Bos18-Mar-2017 15:39
Very nice architecture! ~V
hge5418-Mar-2017 15:21
Amazing history and image. You do know your architectural history. V
Neil Marcus18-Mar-2017 14:48
An extraordinary building with a fascinating name.
Jeff Real18-Mar-2017 13:44
This place looks fascinating and your photograph looks great, my friend ~V~
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