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Velthusen's Palace

The building housing the Music Schools Centre was erected after 1778 by Dutch entrepreneur G. Christian Velthusen, who had resided in Szczecin since 1769. He dealt with wine imports, wood exports, and the production of tobacco, sugar and vinegar. He kept many bottles of French and Spanish wine in the building basement, where he later opened a wine bar known as “The Green Vault” (“Grünes Gewölbe"). In 1874 the building was taken over by the Wolkenhauer piano factory (Pianofortefabrik G. Wolkenhauer) set up in 1853. In 1921 the building was purchased by a public bank (Girozentrale Pommern).
Until the last War the window lintels on the first floor featured ancient portrait heads of Socrates, Seneca, Hadrian and other thinkers. The building was reconstructed in 1959-1962. Above the second floor windows, the heads of international and Polish composers were mounted. Looking from Łaziebna Street, you can see (from the left) E.H. Grieg, J.S. Bach, L. van Beethoven, C. Loewe, W.A. Mozart, J. Sibelius, C. Debussy, M. Glinka, A. Vivaldi, G. Verdi, I. Strawiński, S. Prokofiew, A. Dvorak, H.Wieniawski, I.J. Paderewski, and B. Smetana. Looking from Staromyńska Street, you can see (from the left) F. Chopin, S. Moniuszko, F. Nowowiejski, and K. Szymanowski. The tympanum features a composition of figure and allegoric scenes related to grape picking. On 14 June 1963, the the building was officially handed over to the Feliks Nowowiejski State Secondary Music School. The school graduates include a number of instrumentalists, singers and conductors, recognised both nationally and Europe-wide.


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