History of Wilcza 19



Wilcza is one of the best preserved streets of old Warsaw. Its genesis dates back to the Middle Ages when around 1408 it was a road separating lands belonging to heads of villages. From the end of the fifteenth century, the position of village chief was held by members of the Wilków family, hence the name Wilcze or Na Wilczem. A special feature of Wilcza is its location in the street network in this part of the city – intersections with Marszałkowska lie about every 100 metres, and the axis of Wilcza street lies up to 150 metres behind Hoża. The street was originally called Kałęczyńska, but in 1770 it took its present name Wilcza. The year 1860 gave rise to the development of multi-storey tenement houses.


The beginnings of the tenement house at number 19 date back to the second half of the 19th century. In 1872, Ludwik Okryński bought an empty plot and started building a tenement house at the site of the western annexe. In 1887, the property was purchased by Bolesław Oskierko, then by Adolf Suligowski around 1893.
The tenement was built in several stages. After the western annexe was built in the second half of the 19th century, the front was completed at the beginning of the 20th century. During the fighting in 1944, the building was damaged but it did not require major repairs.
The youngest parts of the tenement house are the east and rear annexes, which were put up at the beginning of the 20th century at eth time of the Vogtman family. From 1893 until the 1950s, the property was managed by Ludwig Vogtman and subsequent generations of the family.


In the interwar period, the building was home to the National State Action magazine, the Short Film Producers Union, and the company Polska Wytwórczość i Sprzedaż Sp. z o.o. as well as a firewood depot operated by Józef Dmyterka. Among those who lived in the building were Mieczysław Stolarski, Bursar of the Agriculture School, Jan Sukiennicki, head of the legal department of the Ministry of Post and Telegraph, and the building owner Jerzy Vogtman-Michorowski.