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Kaspar Hofmann’s House

Year of construction: 1871

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Category: Houses in the Pedestrian Zone

Address: Svobody 3, čp./C.N. 520

 
 
 

The plot[1] on the corner of Svobody and Šlikova streets, i.e. in the place of the former town ditch, was purchased in 1867 by the municipal hatter Kaspar Hofmann. Builder Adam Haberzettl designed a block of flats in the next year for him. We do not know though if it was carried out or what the project looked like in fact. Some situation plans record the house in half the mass it has today. In 1873 the house was already built in its current size. The building, for which the prismatic bastion in Šlik Street had to make room, achieved a distinct horizontal division due to the straight hood mouldings and band cornice. The most decorative element of the street front is the angled corner with avant-corps finished by the attic floor so typical for Adam Haberzettl. After the death of Kaspar Hofmann (+ 1903) the house was inherited by his son Johann, a pharmacist. The music instruments shop of Susanna Beyer (born Blechschmidt) was among the most important small shops located on the ground floor of the house. The Beyer family used to run a perfumes shop and sewing machines sale-shop here before World War I. The national administration took over the house in 1947 and in 1956 it was transferred to the administration of the national company “Pramen” in Cheb. In 1955 a project to modify this and the neighbouring building No. 545 into the “Gastronom” department store appeared. A food shop (self-service) decorated in the then-popular Brussels style was located on the ground floor, as well as a meat and smoked meat shop, a deli, a cafeteria and later also a sweet shop. The shop windows of the “Gastronom” were unique for their arrangements enriched by moving elements. The interior of the centre was designed by the “Ateliér užitého umění” in Prague, led by ing. arch. Zbyněk Cibulka, and the reconstructed building was approved for use in 1956. In the 1960s the building was fitted with a plain facade purged of any historical elements.

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

 

Comment

[1] Construction of a new building for the Cheb Secondary School was considered for this location in 1864.

Literatura:

Zbyněk Černý - Karel Halla - Hana Knetlová, Que procedit. Historie pěší zóny v Chebu / Geschichte der Fussgängerzone in Eger, Město Cheb 2010, s. 55-57.

 

Owners

  • 1867 Kaspar Hofmann
  • 1904 Johann Hofmann
  • 1947 National administration
  • 1949 Town of Cheb
  • 1956 “Pramen”, national company in Cheb – administration
 

Design

Adam Haberzettl

 

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

 

Contact Information

Address: Svobody 3, čp./C.N. 520

 

Pictures

American Army parading through Svobody Street during the town liberation celebration, with house No. 520 in the background, 27 April 1947, MCH

American Army parading through Svobody Street during the town liberation celebration, with house No. 520 in the background, 27 April 1947, MCH

Food and delicatessen shop on the ground floor of house No. 520, 1950s, photo by J. Slavík, SOkA Cheb

Food and delicatessen shop on the ground floor of house No. 520, 1950s, photo by J. Slavík, SOkA Cheb

Food and delicatessen shop, 1966, photo by J. Slavík, SOkA Cheb

Food and delicatessen shop, 1966, photo by J. Slavík, SOkA Cheb

 
“Gastronom”, 1968, photo by J. Slavík, SOkA Cheb

“Gastronom”, 1968, photo by J. Slavík, SOkA Cheb

Kaspar Hofmann’s House 2013

Kaspar Hofmann’s House 2013

Kaspar Hofmann’s House 2013

Kaspar Hofmann’s House 2013

 
Kaspar Hofmann’s House 2013

Kaspar Hofmann’s House 2013

Kaspar Hofmann’s House 2013

Kaspar Hofmann’s House 2013

Kaspar Hofmann’s House 2013

Kaspar Hofmann’s House 2013

 
 

 
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