Władysław Horodecki

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Władysław Horodecki
Vladyslav Horodećkyj.jpg
Leszek Dezydery Horodecki

(1863-05-23)May 23, 1863
DiedJanuary 3, 1930(1930-01-03) (aged 66)
Resting placeDoulab Cemetery
CitizenshipRussian Empire, Poland
BuildingsHouse with Chimaeras (Kyiv),
St. Nicholas Cathedral (Kyiv),
National Art Museum (Kyiv),
Karaite Kenesa
DesignArt Nouveau, Moorish Revival, and Gothic Revival styles

Władysław Horodecki (born Leszek Dezydery Horodecki; Russian: Владислав Владиславович Городецкий; Ukrainian: Владислав Владиславович Городецький; June 4 [O.S. May 23] 1863 — January 3, 1930) was a Polish architect[1] active in the Russian Empire and later in the Second Polish Republic. He is best known for his contributions in the urban development of Kyiv, with buildings such as the House with Chimaeras, the St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Karaite Kenesa, and the National Art Museum of Ukraine.[citation needed]

In Kyiv, Horodecki often worked along with a sculptor from Milan, Emilio Sala, who was an instructor at the Kyiv City College.[citation needed]


Kornic family

Russian Empire[edit]

Horodecki was born into a noble Polish szlachta family of the Kornic coat of arms in the village of Szołudki (Sholudky, now Mukhivtsi Rural Council, Nemyriv Raion, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine). His ancestors were big landowners in the Podillia region. Horodecki graduated from the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg in 1890, while prior to that he finished a realschule in Odesa. After 1890, Horodecki moved to Kyiv, where he lived for almost 30 years.


As Poland regained its independence after the Polish-Soviet War in 1920, and Russia, including Kyiv, fell under Bolshevism, he emigrated to Warsaw. In Poland, Horodecki headed an American Project Bureau, "Henry Ulan & Co." Some of his designs were built including a water tower and trade rows in Piotrków Trybunalski (today in Lodz Voivodeship), a meat factory in Lublin, a bath house in Zgierz, and a casino building in Otwock.[2]


Horodecki's tomb in Doulab Cemetery

In 1928, on the invitation of the same company, Horodecki moved to Tehran, becoming a chief architect of the Syndicate on the Design of Persian Railways. He designed in particular the building of the Tehran railway station. In 1930 he died and was buried at Doulab Catholic Cemetery in Tehran. His epitaph is inscribed in Polish with only the phrase Profesor architektury. Niech mu obca ziemia będzie lekka., which translates into English as "Professor of architecture. Let the foreign earth be light for him."


One of Kyiv's streets, designed by Horodecki,[3] (between Maidan Nezalezhnosti and House with Chimaeras) was named after him in 1996 as vulytsia Arkhitektora Horodetskoho. The street had been called ulitsa Nikolayevskaya, and in Soviet times it was known as vulytsia Karla Marksa, after Karl Marx.



  1. ^ "Kijów: zaprezentowano film o polskim architekcie Władysławie Horodeckim". Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Turystyczny Otwock - 2. Spa House and the Civic Park". www.turystycznyotwock.pl. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Photoalbum". Official web-portal (in Ukrainian). Kiev municipal authority. Retrieved 2007-07-15.

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