Uphagen house

 

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Uphagen house is the only one in Poland and one of only a few 18th century merchant town houses in Europe open to visitors. Johann Uphagen purchased this town house in 1775. Over a few years (by 1787) the town house was completely modernized and adapted to the needs of the new wealthy owner. Uphagen lived in the house until his death in 1802 when the house became the property of successive heirs of the family, staying throughout the 19th century in the hands of the same family (which was a rarity in those times).


In 1911 a museum was created in Uphagen house and was open until 1944, when the German conservators removed its interior and furnishings. The house was destroyed in March 1945 like much of the rest of the city. The house at 12 Dluga Street was rebuilt within just ten years from the end of the war with the idea of restoring the popular merchant interior museum for Gdansk inhabitants; however this idea was not implemented until 1993-1998, when the house was made available to visitors. The house has a vestibule i.e. a high internal room with a floor made from stone panels and stucco work decorating walls and ceiling. A separate room was created in its western part (to the right of the entrance) which used to be the merchant office and is now a museum shop. The former merchant office now accommodates a permanent exhibition showing Uphagen House in old photographs.



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