PAVILION IN HAVLÍČKOVY SADY
The entrepreneur Moritz Gröbe bought the area of the present park in 1870 and built his residence, with several buildings and structures, according to the design of Josef Schulz. One of them is the Pavilion building, registered in the Central List of Cultural Monuments. The story of most of the other buildings in the park is much the same, situated in a heritage-protected area including the Prague neighbourhoods of Vinohrady, Žižkov, and Vršovice, which were declared a heritage zone by a decree of the City of Prague.
The Pavilion is an integral urbanistic, architectural, and artistic supplement to Gröbe’s villa. The villa is the landmark of the present-day park as well as of the original garden, designed as a work of late Neo-romantic garden architecture. Originally, the Pavilion served as a shooting range and skittle alley, and was only operated seasonally.
The renovations commenced in 2007 with the demolition of incongruous additions that were added when the Pavilion served purposes other than its original ones. Between the two World Wars, the building served as a day-care centre. This use prevailed until quite recently.
The renovation efforts strove to restore the original look of the building and to maintain its recreational and social function, connected to other facilities in the park, which is open to the public. These include the Vineyard Gazebo, the renovated vineyard with a newly built Vineyard Cellar and the artificial rock formation – Grotto, which is to be overhauled next year.
In the renovations of the Pavilion, significant emphasis was put on maintaining the original building structures and elements. The brunt of the work in the renovation of the building was therefore carried out by restorers. The original timbered walls were restored, as well as the interior and exterior surfaces, including the roof, floors, wall-panelling, wall painting, and lunettes placed over each entrance. In the western wing, the original skittle alley was restored, based on available documentation.
A new section was added to the two historical wings of the Pavilion, housing social facilities and the back rooms for a cafe. Together with the renovation of the Pavilion, the immediately surrounding area was revitalised, including the retaining wall near Gröbe’s villa and areas on both sides of the southern wing, where new trees were planted and adobe paths renewed.
The Borough of Prague 2 financed the renovation of the cultural monument from its budget, with the aid of a subsidy for the renewal of monuments from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and from the national budget. It is the wish of everyone who participated in the renovation that visitors to Havlíčkovy sady will feel absolutely fine there.