Aleksander Lubomirski shelters

In 1880, prince Aleksander Lubomirski, who lived in Paris, donated two million francs for the construction and maintenance of “a shelter for abandoned or bad boys”. Outside the city, at today’s no 27 Rakowicka Street in Krakow, a complex of buildings was erected thanks to the excellent designs of Tadeusz Stryjeński and Władysław Ekelski, in 1888-1893 a complex of buildings distinguished not only by excellent utility but also by high artistic values ​​was created. In the shelter there was a 4-class folk school, various workshops, a gymnasium, a swimming pool and living rooms for 150 boys from 8 to 18 years old. From 1911, the Salesians took over the running of the plant. During World War I, the facility was converted into a hospital for infectious diseases, and immediately after the war into a military hospital. The shelter began to function again only in 1925, unfortunately Lubomirski’s iron fund was significantly reduced due to inflation, so the shelter functioned out of the benevolence of the society and their voluntary contributions. During World War II, the shelter was used by the Germans for military purposes, after the liberation it was a repatriation camp for soldiers, and then a hospital of the Soviet army. In 1946-1950 the shelter was reactivated and then passed into the hands of the University of Economics. In 1888 Lubomirski donated another million francs to the second foundation of his name. According to Zaremba’s plans, it was built in Łagiewniki in Podgórze. It was a girls’ shelter

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