All the city walls were razed during the second half of the century.
The main architects are Ohmann (1858-1927), Bendelmeyer (1872-1932) and Kotera (1871-1923).
It is traditionally built with plastered bricks and stuccos. Today, the hotel is closed, the ground floor is devastated, the brick is bear and giant placards have been put over the windows.
Geographically, Prague was not as large of today, a lot of AN buildings that are today in Prague were in fact in other little independent towns like Smichov. As nearly all large towns of that time in Europe, Prague grew at high speed.The period is contemporary to fast rural depopulation combined with start of industry.On the other hand, if you enjoy Classical Music, you will soon be charmed by Prague. Till 1918, Prague was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire and nowdays it is the head city of the Czech republic, but from the second half of the XIXth century, a lot of independence movements have risen.These voices claimed not only a political autonomy but also a cultural one.Mucha is certainly the most well known Czech AN artist in the world.
His stain glass, designed in 1931, keep still some very good AN features although the AN period was over.
It was a way to gain an international shining, and to show the state of the Art in Prague.
The architects designed all the parts of the building and let some of the best craftsmen realise them, one craftman for each different material.
The stain glass represents "St Cyrillus and Method legend".
namesti Republiky, 5 Arch: Antonin BALSANEK, Osvald POLIVKA, 1903-1905 Mosaic: Karel Spillar Sculptor: Franta Uprka, Josef Maratka Inside: CHOCHOL, Balsanek, Saloun, Preisler, Alphons MUCHA, POLIVKA,..
The fate of Mucha (1860-1939), alike Czech, is indissociable of his meeting with Sarah Bernhard in Paris at the turn of the century, but after some time in the United States, he went back to Prague in 1913 and then he participated to the decoration of several buildings.