Prague – Prague 5 Town Hall wants to expand the monument zone on its territory. The aim is to preserve buildings of historical value and the character of residential villa districts in Smíchov and Košířy. According to the management of the district, the current extent of the zone is insufficient. Prague 5 spokeswoman Lenka Abessi told ČTK today. The plan has already been approved by the city councilors and the city hall has already sent its request to the Ministry of Culture, which will decide on the possible expansion.
“The first case was the widely known proposal to demolish the villa of the builder Viktor Beneš in Smíchov, which is located just beyond the border of the Smíchov Monument Zone. This clearly demonstrated the need for the expansion of comprehensive monument protection in Prague 5 as a systemic tool to protect cultural and historical values,” said deputy mayor Lukáš Herold (ODS).
The newly proposed border has five parts that follow the current zone. The main part of Hřebenek-Košíř makes up the majority of the proposed area. The other two parts are located in Malvazinky, to the southwest of the existing conservation zone and in the area of the Kesnerka and Konvářka residential areas.
The protected area is further expanded by three separate blocks at the borders of the existing zone. It is a block north of Na Hřebenkách street, a part between U Blaženky and Na Provaznici streets, and the third is under Paví vrch northeast of K Vodojemu and Radlická streets.
“Together with the preservationists, we want to be able to prevent changes in the character of unique localities, their genia loci, at the expense of architecturally contradictory and inappropriate interventions in these areas,” Herald added.
According to the municipal website, monument protection in Prague is divided into several areas. In the innermost center is the urban heritage reserve, which was established in 1971 and has its own protective zone. Further away from the center are urban conservation zones that have been declared since the 1990s and include, for example, parts of Prague 2 that are not in the reserve, areas in Prague 3, 5, 6, 7 or 8. The system also includes a village conservation reserve in Stodůlkách and Ruzyna and several village heritage zones, for example Buďánka in Prague 5, Střešovice or Hostivař.