During our walk, we will set off from the rectory and have the opportunity to follow the gradual development of Jablonec architecture from the baroque through to the interwar period.
The former rectory (the 1st stop)
The oldest part of the city is represented by the rectory, the church and the former travellers’ inn, which is now the Golden Lion Hotel [Zlatý lev].
Alfréd Wünsch’ House of Fashion (the 2nd stop)
The interestingly conceived House of Fashion, building number 2466, is located on a narrow property in Komenský Street and it was built in 1924-25 on the site of an older building for Alfréd Wünsch by Robert Hemmrich in the art deco style that was fashionable at the time.
The Linke House (the 3rd stop)
Gustav Linke’s business and residential building, building number 544, constitutes a remarkable example of contemporary German expressionist architecture (so-called Backsteinexpressionismus).
The Town House in Máchova Street (the 4th stop)
The robust corner building, building number 21, was built by the town of Jablonec as rental housing with the Red Cross [Červený kříž] pharmacy on the site of an older classicist building. The building is distinguished by the geometric art nouveau forms that were common in Hemmrich’s work and were based on motifs from the local costume jewellery industry. It and the surrounding buildings constitute a valuable architectural unit that speaks to the dynamic development of the town over the course of the first half of the 20th century.
The Geling Hotel (the 5th stop)
The former neo-renaissance hotel, building number 446, was built on the site of an older house in the 1880s by Gustav Geling on the basis of a design by Frantz Hasler and Anton Womatschky (the hall). One of the most celebrated Jablonec hotels, where Franz Kafka also spent the night, it was gradually expanded and a further art nouveau building was connected to it in 1902.
The Zasche brothers’ house (the 6th stop)
The vast double house, building numbers 493 and 568, was built in 1914 for the metalsmiths Oskar and Ernst Zasche, while the project was authored by the doyen of Jablonec architecture, Robert Hemmrich.
Jizera (the 7th stop)
The corner art nouveau block of flats, building number 407, (known as Jizera) with the Café Habsburg was built in the style of the geometric art nouveau in 1908 according to a project by Robert Hemmrich. Its dominant position fundamentally influences the centre of the city.
It was the last stop and you can see from here the Jablonec Town Hall.