Izrael Poznański's Palace

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The palace

Izrael Poznański's Palace is a 19th-century palace in Łódź, Poland. Initially a tenement building, it was transformed into a Neo-Renaissance and Neo-baroque style residence in years 1888-1903.[1]


The history of the palace goes back to the 1860s. It was during this time that Kalman Poznański, a Polish-Jewish trader from Kowal in the Kuyavia region, arrived and began to live in Łódź. Kalman started a cotton industry, however, it was not successful. But when the business was taken over by his son Izrael Kalmanowicz (1834-1900), there was a phenomenal rise in the price of cotton around the world. Izrael made a fortune from cotton and spent a large part of his earnings on the palace, which eventually took on his name.[2]

The palace facade

When Izrael Kalmanowicz acquired the site of the palace there was a modest two-story building standing already. He renovated and expanded the building into a large residence. The palace was marked for its lavishness and grand size, an anomaly from the neighboring simple residences.

The palace's design was originally thought to be that of Adolf Seligson. More recently, however, J. Jung and D. Rosenthal have been identified as the architects. Whoever the architect, the palace is an impressive feat, most notably because of its L-shaped design. There was also a large garden at the back. Another feature of the palace is the southern wing, which is topped with the tall domed roofs.

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Coordinates: 51°46′44″N 19°27′04″E / 51.778871°N 19.451138°E / 51.778871; 19.451138