An exhibition called The Architecture of Halychyna, 1871-1914 has opened in the State Historical Library in Kyiv with the assistance of the Polish embassy for Ukraine. Visitors can convince themselves that previous generations could build much better than current ones.
Halychyna-born architects Julian and Alfred Zakharevych considered that cheap construction would cost you much, because the concrete boxes we got used to offend the psyche and ruin taste.
The Zakharevychs’ work — Lviv’s Polytechnic Institute, Chamber of Commerce, and many other buildings (some of them are over 100 years old) decorate the city, and houses built in Soviet time cannot compete with them in any way.
Giving a speech at the opening ceremony, Polish ambassador for Ukraine Jerzy Bar expressed satisfaction that Western Ukrainian cities and Lviv in the first hand will finally “get rid of Soviet desolation and kitsch.”