The House at 16 Piłsudskiego street, called "Sienkiewiczówka", was designed by Sławomir Odrzywolski and Władyslaw Kaczmarski. It owes its name to one of the most eminent Polish writers, Nobel Prize winner, Henryk Sienkiewicz who, according to some sources, wrote his novel “Quo Vadis” here.
For years, this place has been an important point on the intellectual map of Krakow. It is worth reminding that the building was erected to the order of Edward and Jadwiga Janczewski. Edward Janczewski was a professor and rector of the Jagiellonian University whereas his wife, Jadwiga, a specialist in the arts and a talented painter, was a sister of the first wife of Henryk Sienkiewicz – Maria.
This unique art nouveau building, owned by our University since 1992, served for many years as a place of respite, especially for foreign guests visiting Krakow and the AGH University of Science and Technology. All the guests were enchanted by its exceptional atmosphere.
The building was modernised between 2012 and 2015 in order to adapt "Sienkiewiczówka" to its primary function: a meeting place for the academic community of AGH University of Science and Technology. As the result of a thorough renovation the building regained its former glory. These efforts were recognized by the jury of one of the most prestigious architectural competitions in Poland: "The Facade of the Year 2014", in which "Sienkiewiczówka" won the first place for historic buildings after renovation.
The building, which in 2013 was entered into the Register of Historic Monuments of the city, is located in the very heart of Krakow, close to the University campus and the historic part of the Old Town. Excellent location in the vicinity of the Market Square and Kazimierz district as well as good communication will allow our Guests to fully benefit from Krakow’s cultural offer and tourist attractions.
A historic picture. The house of the Janczewski’s in Krakow – former 16 Wolska street (fot. Marcin Surzycki)