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NámÄ›stí Republiky – East

NámÄ›stí Republiky – East

Náměstí Republiky - East circa 1910
The east side of Náměstí Republiky around 1910
Postcard from the collection of J. Å lehofer

 

Náměstí Republiky - East 1950s
The east side of Náměstí Republiky in the 1950s
Photograph © Copyright 1950s George Krejci

 

Náměstí Republiky - East 2006
The east side of Náměstí Republiky in 2006
Photograph © Copyright 2006 Eva Haunerová

 

Náměstí Republiky - East 1991
The east side of Náměstí Republiky in 1991
Photograph © Copyright 1991 Clive Porter

 

NámÄ›stí Republiky – West

NámÄ›stí Republiky – West

Náměstí Republiky - West 1900
The west side of Náměstí Republiky in 1900
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Náměstí Republiky - West 1942
The west side of Náměstí Republiky in 1942
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Náměstí Republiky - West 1950s
NámÄ›stí Republiky – West in the 1950s
Photograph © Copyright George Krejci

 

Náměstí Republiky - West Year unknown
The west side of Náměstí Republiky (year unknown)
From a postcard

 

Náměstí Republiky - West 1991
The west side of Náměstí Republiky in 1991
Photograph © Copyright 1991 Clive Porter

 

Náměstí Republiky - West 1993
The west side of Náměstí Republiky in 1993
Photograph © Copyright 1993 Clive Porter

 

Náměstí Republiky - West 2006
The west side of Náměstí Republiky in 2006
Photograph © Copyright 2006 Eva Haunerová

 

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Náměstí Republiky - West 1900
The west side of Náměstí Republiky in 1900
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Náměstí Republiky - West 1993
The west side of Náměstí Republiky in 1993
Photograph © Copyright 1993 Clive Porter

The West side of NámÄ›stí Republiky has seen the most structural changes than the others. Just as with the Hotel Central (see the Hotel Central article for details) the above building was replaced by a less than pretty construction which doesn’t fit in with the rest of the square.

The most surprising thing for me is that the current building was present in the 1940s (see photos above). This seems to be a very modern design for the 1940s, doesn’t it?

To me it seems out of place – I’m sure that had it been surrounded by buildings from a different age and architectural pedigree, it would be a pleasure to the eye. By itself it is just that, but it doesn’t seem to fit in the context in which it stands. Which is a shame.

NámÄ›stí Republiky – North

NámÄ›stí Republiky – North

Náměstí Republiky - North 1940
The north side of Náměstí Republiky circa 1940
From a postcard

 

Náměstí Republiky - North in the 1950s
The north side of Náměstí Republiky in the 1950s
Photograph © Copyright George Krejci

 

Náměstí Republiky - North 1961
The north side of NámÄ›stí Republiky in 1961 (the year of my birth…)
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Náměstí Republiky - North 1993
The north side of Náměstí Republiky in 1993
Photograph © Copyright 1993 Clive Porter

 

Náměstí Republiky - North 2000
The north side of Náměstí Republiky in around 2000
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Náměstí Republiky 2 & 3 - North
My favorite building on Náměstí Republiky in 1998
Photograph © Copyright 1998 Atelier Soukup (Architects), Plzeň

The above photograph shows my favourite building on the square. I know, it’s not the most decorative of buildings – and if it’s decorative you’re looking for, Plzeň’s NámÄ›stí Republiky is not a bad place to start – my building, though, is plain, simple and rather boxy. I like boxy architecture :)

It’s quite sad to see it this way – empty and with it’s signs missing. I think this photograph was taken when it was for sale (or rent).

In the early 90s it was home to a glass and porcelain shop which was very popular with the passengers of coaches on their whistle-stop tour of the Czech Republic but now it I believe it houses a mobile telephone shop and a banking / insurance company.

I prefered it as a glass and porcelain shop.

Náměstí Republiky 2 & 3 - North - My Shop!
My favorite building on Náměstí Republiky in 1993
Photograph © Copyright 1993 Clive Porter

 

Náměstí Republiky 2, 2006
The back of number 2 Náměstí Republiky in 2006
Photograph © Copyright 2006 Eva Haunerová

 

NámÄ›stí Republiky – South

NámÄ›stí Republiky – South

Náměstí Republiky - South - 1928
NámÄ›stí Republiky – South – 1928
Provided by George Krejci

 

Náměstí Republiky - South - 1950s
NámÄ›stí Republiky – South – 1950s
Photograph © Copyright George Krejci

 

Náměstí Republiky - South - 1991
NámÄ›stí Republiky – South – 1991
Photograph © Copyright 1991 Clive Porter

I’d like to talk about some of these buildings. I can’t really comment too much on their architecture – I don’t have any close-up photographs and my memory is too misty to remember any interesting details – I’d need to make a return trip… I’d like to comment a little on the changing commercial / street level face of some of them. After all, this is, historically, a very commercial area.

Náměstí Republiky - South - 1991
NámÄ›stí Republiky – South – 1991
Photograph © Copyright 1991 Clive Porter

 

Náměstí Republiky - South - 1993
NámÄ›stí Republiky – South – 1993
Photograph © Copyright 1991 Clive Porter

 

Náměstí Republiky - South - 200X
NámÄ›stí Republiky – South – (date unknown – late 1990s to early 2000s)
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Náměstí Republiky - South - 2006
NámÄ›stí Republiky – South – 2006
Photograph © Copyright 2006 Eva Haunerová