Date of birth: 22.2.1902 Liberec
Karel Horák was born into a German family in Liberec on 22 February 1902. He was baptized as Karl Josef Anton. His parents were married on 27 May 1901. His father was a twenty-seven year old engineer who lived at 552 Liberec; his mother was Josefa Frey, who was less than twenty-four years old at the time of her birth. Horák’s godfather was the railway engineer Josef Scholl. Karel Horák studied at the Czech School of Architecture in Brno in 1920–1925 under the first professors of this new faculty, Karel Hugo Kepka and Emil Králík. According to Milan Rejchl’s memories, Karel Horák was an employee of the construction firm of Václav Rejchl Jr. In the 1930s, Horák designed his only known independent project in Hradec Králové, the functionalist house of Mr. and Ms. Cee. He probably did not stay in Hradec Králové for too long after that, and on 24 August 1940 he married Božena Svobodová in Prague-Smíchov.
The author would like to thank Pavel Šimáček and Gabriele Pavlišová for their research in the Brno Technical University (BUT) Archives.
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