The Grand Villa Trail
The Great Villa Trail starts on Střelecká Street at a remarkably conceived urbanistic complex of two villas opposite each other: Oldřich Liska’s own villa with his studio and Alois Švorčík’s villa. Architect Liska conceived both of these villas as part of a future block with a semi-open green courtyard. This concept can be considered Liska’s original contribution to modern urbanism. The opposite side of Střelecká Street is flanked by Karel Janda’s villa designed by Václav Rejchl Sr., Václav Píša’s villa designed by Vladimír Fultner, Mr. and Mrs. Nepasický’s villa designed by Milan Babuška, and Marie Wünschová’s traditionalist villa designed by Jaroslav Pažout. At the intersection with busy Gočárova Street there are three villas: Václav Charvát’s purely modernist villa designed by Vladimír Fultner, the Pažout family villa with folk architecture features in the wooden gable, Jan Sixta’s modern villa designed by Václav Rejchl Jr. The adjacent Vrchlického Street is bordered on both sides by row houses with rich decoration in the Art Deco style designed by the builder and architect Josef Mudra. The representative house of Karel and Malča Fuchs, designed by the Czech-German architect Kurt Spielmann, and Antonín Holeček’s traditionalist villa follow. In Vrchlického Street we can find three more houses designed by architect Oldřich Liska – his own family house with his first independent office, shared with the builder Josef Fňouk, Marie Sálová’s villa, and the Hypius family villa. In Čechova Street, there are four terraced houses designed by Josef Sedlák, who soon realized that simple and purposeful buildings with flat roofs were attractive for sale and rent. At the junction of Čechova and Vrchlického Streets there is Mr. Tesař’s purist villa designed by Bohumil Waigant; opposite, there is Marie Šanderová’s villa, one of the first Liska projects in Hradec Králové. After we turn to Farářství, we will come to František Sternwald’s late modernist villa, Bohuslav Horský’s house with strip windows, and the trail ends with perhaps the only purely functionalist villa in Hradec Králové, Mr. and Mrs. Cee’s villa designed by architect Karel Horák.