Město Polička

2. New District

The new district behind the pond is one of the model examples of quality town planning. In the first stage (blocks of flats 1922 – 1923), modern Rondo-Cubism was used for architectural design with distinctive two-color façades (ocher – brick red, ocher – ultramarine blue, brick red – ultramarine blue). All carpentry and plumbing elements were gray-blue. Masaryk boys’ and girls‘ Primary and civic school (today‘s Masaryk Primary school) is functionalist and, without the use of any decorative elements, it impresses the viewer with its structuring and the material used – red bricks, silver-gray rough plaster and artificial stone wainscoting. The silhouette of the waterfront ends with the Evangelical Church (1937).   

If you go to E. Beneš Street behind the schools, you will see other interesting Rondo-Cubist houses with unique portals. The corner house No. 389 has original colors restored. And you should not miss the functionalist Šmíd Villa (1934). 

The sculpture of T. G. Masaryk from 1931 (Josef Fojtík) was made of bronze and during the Nazi occupation it was removed and melted down. Since 1996, there stands a sandstone statue by Michal Moravec.   

Recommended publications (can be bought in the Museum and the Information Center on the square): Polička – Modern Architecture 1900 – 1950, Rostislav Švácha, 2007

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  • The house No. 389 in E. Beneš Street was restored to its original color on the basis of a research  
  • A detail of the portal of the house No. 389
  • Color combinations used on the block of flats
  • Masaryk School