The arcade house in Orłowo

In the early 18th Century 12 Mennonites lived in Orłowo, and in the early 19th Century there were 84. Because of the flow of time and human activity, the cultural landscape of the village almost completely disappeared. The former spatial arrangement faded away, and few historic buildings survived. The Gothic Church of St. James, a handful of wooden houses from the 19th Century, and two Dutch farmsteads, represent all that has managed to make it to the present time.

The arcade house, built in 1802 was placed on a brick foundation, and the whole building was made of wood. The arcade is supported on 4 front and 6 side Ionic-style columns, making up the facade of the house. The structure is built on a two-bay plan with a large room, “black kitchen” in the middle and two separate halls. The summer room and the utility room were placed in the northern part of the building. The distinctive feature of this arcade house is the ornate architectural detail. The decorative columns of the arcade, the cornices, acroteria, doors and closets in the interior, are made with great attention to detail and outstanding precision.


Foto: M.Bieliński, Dep. Turystyki, UMWP


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