Willa Koliba - Zakopane Style Museum, Zakopane

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The Museum of Zakopane Style at Villa Koliba is a division of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane, and a museum of Zakopane style.The villa was built between 1892 and 1893 in Zakopane style based on a design by Stanisław Witkiewicz. It was the first building ever erected in Zakopane style. The Koliba Villa is a registered Polish monument since 1983. The name koliba originates from the same word in Polish Goral regional dialect meaning a shepherds' hut.HistoryThe villa was built for Zygmunt Gnatowski. Gnatowski needed a building where he could store his collection of ethnographic artifacts. Originally he aimed to build a simple hut based on existing Podhale architecture, but was convinced by Stanisław Witkiewicz to instead have a house in the newly emerging Zakopane style built instead. Witkiewicz, already a well-known artist, draughtsman and playwright, was eager to introduce a new local style of architecture to the region when he noticed that wealthy local residents began erecting houses in the Swiss folk style. Witkiewicz was aiming to introduce a national variety of rustic architecture to Poland, and based his sketches on local decorative motifs.Sketches of Koliba Villa were made in 1891 and it was then built by local workers in 1892–1893 in Zakopane at Kościeliska street.Museum of Zakopane styleThe Villa Koliba has been functioning as the Museum of Zakopane Style since December 4, 1993– a branch of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane.
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  • Willa Koliba is situated just off Kościeliska (a street in Zakopane where most of the old wooden highlander houses are). The house is a museum and very good example of the old Goralska (highlander...  more »
  • This is a small museum a few blocks off the main strip. It is located on a street with several “Zakopane” style wooden homes. It is beautiful from the outside-lovely grounds and garden. The house is.....  more »
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