Palace and park complex, Pietronki
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Palace and park complex

Pietronki

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The palace in Pietronki near Chodzież is an example of a Greater Poland gentry residence. Built in 1840, it replaced an old manor house. It underwent major modifications in the late 19th century. The building is surrounded by a landscape park.

History

The village of Pietronki was mentioned in written records for the first time in 1403. It was founded by Hanco, son of Piotr, a Kraków burgher. The palace was probably erected in 1840 for Hermann von Leipziger when he was getting married with Ewelina von Rittberg, who was a daughter of a count. In the 19th century, the village was in the hands of the Germans; later, it was owned by the Bninskis and then the Strzyżowskis. In 1901, the palace was radically modified by Ignacy Bninski, President of the Society of Fine Arts in Poznań. In 1926, the owner of Pietronki was Helena Bniński. After 1945, the palace, which had become the property of the State Treasury, was used by a State Agricultural Farm (PGR). Between 1983 and 1988, the palace underwent full-scale renovations and was adapted for a training centre with a restaurant.

Description

The palace and park complex is situated in the northern part of Pietronki. The front façade faces the east. The building is surrounded by a landscape park. To the east of the complex, there are manor farm buildings.

The residence has a rectangular floor plan with two symmetrical, semi-circular avant-corpses on the west side, a small, pentagonal avant-corps on the north side, a rectangular wing on the south side, and a terrace and a portico on the east side. The main entrance is located on the central axis of the east façade. In front of the entrance, there is a portico with four columns. The palace has two storeys and a basement. Its particular parts are covered with flat roofs surrounded by a balustrade.

The walls, made of brick and covered with plaster, rest on a stone and brick wall base. The roofs are covered with roofing felt. Inside, there are wooden ceilings with counter ceilings. The staircases are made of wood. The façades are divided by means of a string course and topped with a profiled cornice above which there is a roof parapet in the form of a balustrade. The windows, mostly rectangular in shape, are topped with cornice segments and framed by surrounds. Two windows at the ground floor level of the front façade and the windows in the north avant-corps are headed by semi-circular arches. The two-storeyed front façade has seven axes. The colonnaded portico leading to the elegant entrance situated on the central axis is topped with a balcony enclosed with a balustrade. The west façade features two oval balconies.

The palace is surrounded by a park covering an area of nearly 7.5 hectares, arranged in an interesting manner. The original layout of the park paths is still partially identifiable. The park is notable for its trees and preserved paths.

The historic monument is accessible.

compiled by Radomiła Banach, Regional Branch of the National Heritage Board of Poland in Poznan, 10-11-2015.

Bibliography

  • Karta ewidencyjna zabytków architektury i budownictwa, Strzelce-pałac oprac. W. Panek, 1983, Archiwum Wielkopolskiego Wojewódzkiego Konserwatora Zabytków w Poznaniu
  • Marcin Libicki Piotr Libicki, Dwory i pałace wiejskie w Wielkopolsce, Poznań 2003, s.271.
  • Jan Skuratowicz, Dwory i pałace w Wielkim Księstwie Poznańskim, Międzychód 1992, s.60.

General information

  • Type: palace
  • Chronology: 1840 - 1844
  • Form of protection: register of monuments
  • Address: Pietronki
  • Location: Voivodeship wielkopolskie, district chodzieski, commune Chodzież
  • Source: National Heritage Board of Poland

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