History of the Royal-Park
Royal Park Residence
Let us now proceed to history
Despite Allied air raids, Soviet plunders and seventy years of rule of fans of concrete, pseudo-modern and modernist blocks, Świnoujście has preserved many interesting buildings. The oldest of them remember the middle of the 19th century. Despite the fact that many of them were harmed with new extensions, colorful facades or deprived of decorative old plasterboards, thanks to them and their history you can still feel the spirit of the place. Genius loci of Świnoujście. Let’s go to one of these buildings today.
An interesting building, erected a few years earlier at the then Beda Street no. 10 (today’s Kardynała Wyszyńskiego Street, interestingly with the old numbering preserved to this day, i.e. also under 10), was chosen. In the historicizing, three-story building, the ground floor was used for the casino purposes. In addition to the dining room, fireplace room and buffet, there is a small hall of tradition in one of the rooms. Several memorabilia of regiment’s patron Gustav Eduardo Hindersin were placed there. Outside the building a barrel was placed on a part of the fortress, which, according to the information, came from one of the bulwarks in Świnoujście.
The upper floors of this building were occupied by apartments of a dozen or so tenants. It is worth adding that from the very beginning of the property’s existence, until the end of the Second World War, the Finn family, whose senior Hans was a well-known merchant from Świnoujście, were the permanent tenants residing under ten. In other premises, the main tenants were, among others, a headmaster of the school, dr. Stier, and a gardener, Franz Schmiebeberg.
After the First World War, as a result of the liquidation of the regiment, the casino was liquidated and the premises were adapted for apartments. According to the Świnoujście address book from 1938, 12 tenants lived in the building, including one officer, a reserve major (Außer Dienst). Two widows and a merchant. After the Second World War, the building combined various functions. Over the past several decades, it played the role of a holiday resort of a state-owned enterprise that added a terrible extension to the building. Fortunately, not destroying two beautiful facades.
A few months ago, this interesting, original building was given a chance for the second life. The new owners gave it a new name: Royal Park Residence. They re-arranged it. Unfortunately, not historically. The interference in the interiors in recent years has been so great, and the number of original elements was so small, that it was decided to arrange the beautiful exterior from the inside in a modern, but still functional and comfortable way. Well, maybe there will come a time when a stylish historicizing interior will be “in greater demand” than the currently fashionable minimalism, and heavy furniture with a soul will return to the rooms and plasterboards to the ceilings?