Building at 4 Rybna St.

ul. Rybna 4

General

There is very little information about the building at 4 Rybna Street. It is a 3-story house with an attic, and only 5 vertical rows of windows. The picture from the 1960s, presented on the web page, shows that the original entrance was surrounded with rustication and located in the middle of the building. Today there is a window there, a proof that the interior of the house was significantly redesigned.

The name of the street (Rybna, eng. Fish) has not been changed, even during the occupation; the Germans simply translated the word, calling the street: Fischstraße.

History

 

The area surrounding the street is very interesting and full of historical references. From the house there is a lovely view of a green square - called Piastowski Square - which in the first part of the 19th century was used as a market place. Its history dates back to 1902, when Giuseppe Tanfani funded the construction of market halls. He was a son-in-law of an industrialist, Juliusz Heinzl. The original name of the square was Market Square. The buildings surrounding it were designed by Dawid Lande. In 1956, the market was closed and the space turned into a green area [1].

Events

 

There is one more historical landmark on the square - a street lamp, which was, most likely, installed here when the square was created. After renovation, it was lighted up again on the 24th of April, 2015, becoming an attraction for locals and tourists, who visit this part of Bałuty. Local press described the renovation process. [3], [4], [5]

Today, the street is part of a neighborhood of a bad reputation. In 2015, Bałuty celebrated a hundredth anniversary of becoming part of Lodz. Many articles were published in a local press about the history of the district and before that, a history of Bałuty village, and discussing also present issues. Gazeta Wyborcza, dated April 25, 2015 published an article titled “Rybna Street. A place of memory amongst dens and pathology” [6]. It describes, in details, the neighborly relations and customs of the street. Unfortunately, excesses of few teenagers influence the opinion on the whole street, which is one of many interesting places of the northern part of Lodz, worth learning about.

In a way this part of the city always was a “questionable neighborhood” (In a way a “bad reputation” of Rybna became ist cultural image and its connections with petty crime are legendary.  It was here, where the Pawn Shop of Priest Natan was located. He was an associate of Blind Max, real name Maks Bornsztajn, the most famous Lodz gangster, for whom he sold stolen goods brought by local robbers. [7]

In September 2012 Polish artist, pseudonym Otecki, painted a mural on the building at 4 Rybna Street.

Otecki, real name Wojciech Kołacz, is a graphic designer and illustrator. Since the late 1990s he integrates his work into the urban space. He paints murals, presents works made in different graphic techniques and small sculptures. Those operations are suppose to fill subtly and integrate the chaotic fiber of the city. His works of art are “urban stories”, at the same time being an interpretation of timeless folk stories, myths and legends. Kołacz graduated from Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts. He teaches graphics at the Agora Cultural Center in Wroclaw and runs a small serigraphy atelier. [8]

The street painting is part of the Urban Forms Gallery and is part of the Lodz Murals Trail. [9]

Today (29.12.1989 Onwards)

 

There is one more historical landmark on the square - a street lamp, which was, most likely, installed here when the square was created. After renovation, it was lighted up again on the 24th of April, 2015, becoming an attraction for locals and tourists, who visit this part of Bałuty. Local press described the renovation process. [3], [4], [5]

Today, the street is part of a neighborhood of a bad reputation. In 2015, Bałuty celebrated a hundredth anniversary of becoming part of Lodz. Many articles were published in a local press about the history of the district and before that, a history of Bałuty village, and discussing also present issues. Gazeta Wyborcza, dated April 25, 2015 published an article titled “Rybna Street. A place of memory amongst dens and pathology” [6]. It describes, in details, the neighborly relations and customs of the street. Unfortunately, excesses of few teenagers influence the opinion on the whole street, which is one of many interesting places of the northern part of Lodz, worth learning about.

In a way this part of the city always was a “questionable neighborhood” (In a way a “bad reputation” of Rybna became ist cultural image and its connections with petty crime are legendary.  It was here, where the Pawn Shop of Priest Natan was located. He was an associate of Blind Max, real name Maks Bornsztajn, the most famous Lodz gangster, for whom he sold stolen goods brought by local robbers. [7]

In September 2012 Polish artist, pseudonym Otecki, painted a mural on the building at 4 Rybna Street.

Otecki, real name Wojciech Kołacz, is a graphic designer and illustrator. Since the late 1990s he integrates his work into the urban space. He paints murals, presents works made in different graphic techniques and small sculptures. Those operations are suppose to fill subtly and integrate the chaotic fiber of the city. His works of art are “urban stories”, at the same time being an interpretation of timeless folk stories, myths and legends. Kołacz graduated from Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts. He teaches graphics at the Agora Cultural Center in Wroclaw and runs a small serigraphy atelier. [8]

The street painting is part of the Urban Forms Gallery and is part of the Lodz Murals Trail. [9]

Links

[1]https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plac_Piastowski_w_%C5%81odzi

[2]http://www.centrumdialogu.com/miejsca-zwiazane-z-zydami-zachodnimi-w-lg/779-plac-bazarowy

[3]http://www.dzienniklodzki.pl/artykul/3768035,lodzka-latarnia-ktora-przetrwala-dwie-wojny-getto-i-okres-prl-zdjecia,id,t.html

[4]http://www.dzienniklodzki.pl/artykul/3823963,zabytkowa-latarnia-tanfaniego-wrocila-na-swoje-stare-miejsce-zdjecia-film,id,t.html

[5]http://www.dzienniklodzki.pl/artykul/3837057,zabytkowa-latarnia-tanfaniego-rozblysla-na-placu-piastowskim-zdjecia,id,t.html

[6]http://lodz.wyborcza.pl/lodz/1,35153,15851708,Ulica_Rybna__Miejsce_pamieci_wsrod_melin_i_patologii.html

[7]http://lodz.wyborcza.pl/lodz/1,35136,7837591,Legenda_Slepego_Maksa___herszta_i_lodzkiego_Janosika.html

[8]http://www.urbanforms.org/index.php/Artysci/pl/

[9] http://www.galeriaurbanforms.org/

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Stamp Information

Country Polska Polska
City Lodz Lodz
Address ul. Rybna 4
Street Name Changes [1939-1945] Fischstraße
District Bałuty
Architectural Style No Special Style
Number of Floors 3
Planned Use Apartments Building


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