Spa in Houšťka

Kim Ir Sen Hotel

Location

Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav, Czech Republic

50.1887133, 14.6868017

Author

Jan Kotěra

Architect

Built in

1917

Modified in

1950

This location has housed spa activities existing in various forms since 1818. The Spa operation was stopped at the beginning of WWII. The spa was used as students housing for Czech and foreign students till 1990s. In the present day, there are plans for its reconstruction. Nevertheless, the building remains abandoned and decaying.

This location has housed spa activities existing in various forms since 1818. In 1917, the owner Ervín Mandelík, re-built a spa called ‘Sun Baths’. Its design is distinctively symmetrical; it consists of a veranda which indulges in its repetition of pillars, contrasting the two glass domes overhead. This structure was designed by the famous Czech architect Jan Kotěra.

Originally, iron, salt, and peat baths were designed for the treatment of various diseases – anaemia, rheumatism, etc. River baths in the Elbe River were also widely used and the water of Václavka, saturated with carbon dioxide, was served as table water. In 1934 the peat baths were restored as hydrotherapy and electro-medical institute. Summer cinema and tennis courts with a restaurant were added to the spa area.

The Spa operation was stopped at the beginning of WWII. During the war, they served as a ‘Wehrmacht’s lazaret’ an officials hospital. In the 1950s, Korean children affected by the war in their home country were receiving treatment here. Due to the history and use the former spa hotel was renamed to KIM IR SEN Hotel, followed by language and professional preparation for foreign students of the Charles University in Prague. The spa was used as students housing for Czech and foreign students till 1990s.

In the present day, the current owner, the city Brandýs nad Labem – Stará Boleslav, is preparing its reconstruction. Nevertheless, the building remains abandoned and decaying.

Text by Barbora Slavíčková

Function

1917Spa

1950 Hotel

2018 None

Ownership

1917 Ervín Mandelík

1950 State

2018 City Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav

Condition

1917 Good

1950 Good

2018 Poor

Property Management

1917

1950

2018

Form of government

1917 Monarchy

1950 Socialist Federative Republic

2018 Parliamentary Republic

Spatial Planning Agency

1917

1950

2018

Type of heritage and protection

1917 Not recognized as heritage

1950 Not recognized as heritage

2018 Not recognized as heritage