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Zabrze, Chelmonskiego St. - former Youth Home (Jugendheim)

This is one of many modernistic buildings built in the late 1920s and in the early 1930s in Zabrze (at that belonging to Germany and called Hindenburg). It was built in expressionist style in 1929 according to a design of an architect Alfred Kraemer and originally served as the Youth Home (Jugendheim) - a youth hostel and cultural institution, and was located on then Sedanstrasse (nowadays Chełmońskiego St.), away from the city center, in an area full of greenery. It is worth to know, that the Kraemer's project assumed also erecting a west wing of the building, with a large theatre hall and foyer. Unfortunately, probably due to the world economic crisis from 1929, only the smaller part with day rooms on the ground floor, the residential rooms on the first floor, and a staircase, kitchen, washing facilities and accomodation rooms in the massive front part was erected.

The Youth Home belonged originally to Socialist Worker Youth (Sozialistische Arbeiterjugend - SAJ), a youth wing of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands - SPD), and after seizing power by the Nazis it was taken over by the German Labour Front (Deutsche Arbeitsfront - DAF). Probably at that time a flagpole in front of the building was erected. Since around 1939 the building belonged to the Hitler Youth (Hitler-Jugend - HJ) and since 1944 was managed by the National Socialist People's Welfare (Nationalsozialistische Volkswohlfahrt - NSV). After the end of WW II, when Zabrze and the Upper Silesian region reverted to Poland, it was taken over by the "Pstrowski" minery and converted into a miners' hotel, and in the late 1980s there were 11 flats created. Since 1994 it's a residential building managed by a local housing cooperative.
West from the building has existed for many years a big playground with representative steps with terraces, which were built also in the 1930s. Only in 2014 they were demolished and on this lot two modern blocks of flats were built.

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Copyright: Ao 360
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 7000x3500
Taken: 29/10/2015
Uploaded: 10/11/2015


Tags: zabrze; hindenburg; jugendheim; architecture; dom mlodziezy; sedanstrasse; modern; modernistic; modernism; expressionism; youth home
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