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Andreas Forster’s House

Year of construction: 1906

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Category: Houses in the Pedestrian Zone

Address: Svobody 38, čp. 768

 
 
 

The house of Lorenz Forster used to stand in the place of today’s building in the early 1870s. His son Andreas, originally a gardener from Cheb, inherited this property and he tasked Georg Blomann in 1905 to develop a three-floor block of rental flats for him. Blomann drafted a house with Art Nouveau elements already appearing in its historicizing layout of the facade. The building was finished in the next year but several deviations from the original plan took place during the construction. Floral Art Nouveau which was finding its use in Cheb architecture only slowly appeared on the street facade in full force. The pilasters reduced to mere bands were ended by massive female masks in the characteristic Art Nouveau stylization, the hood mouldings were decorated with finials and flowers.[1] Three rooms for shops were situated on the ground floor by the builder, and two apartments with two rooms, kitchen, alcove, and toilet in the corridor on each floor. A habitable workshop and other production buildings were located in the yard. The house was owned by the Forster family until 1949 when it was assigned to the town of Cheb. A café and wine bar “Šantán” used to be located on its ground floor in the 1960s which was later extended and refurbished in 1969.

Authors of the text: Zbyněk Černý - Karel Halla - Hana Knetlová

 

Comment

[1] Zbyněk Černý, “Cheb v době secese /Eger in der Zeit der Sezession” (“Cheb in the Art Nouveau period”), Cheb 2006, p. 31.

Literature:

Zbyněk Černý - Karel Halla - Hana Knetlová, Que procedit. Historie pěší zóny v Chebu / Geschichte der Fussgängerzone in Eger / History of the Pedestrian Zone in Cheb, Town of Cheb 2010,  p. 134-135.

 

Owners

  • 1906 Andreas Forster
  • 1926 Georg Forster, Anna Krader, Adolf Forster
  • 1949 Town of Cheb
 

Design

Georg Blomann

 

Accessible to the public only during operating hours of the businesses residing here. 

 

Contact Information

Address: Svobody 38, čp. 768

 

Pictures

Andreas Forster’s House 2013

Andreas Forster’s House 2013

Andreas Forster’s House 2013

Andreas Forster’s House 2013

Andreas Forster’s House 2013

Andreas Forster’s House 2013

 
Andreas Forster’s House 2013

Andreas Forster’s House 2013

Andreas Forster’s House 2013

Andreas Forster’s House 2013

 

 
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