Friday, September 23, 2011

in love with...

a hotel. Is it weird? I´m obsessed with this building, "hotel Hrušov". It´s an old hotel, built in 1930s, and probably very luxurious and "posh" in those days, now abandoned and almost a ruin. I´ve seen it about two years ago for the first time, and I loved it. Such majestic building, with beautiful details, many windows. I couldn´t stop fantasizing about the interior, and imagining the noble history, guests that visited it. It was all just so decadent and romantic. I took a photo of it and decided I need to paint it. And I did :). This summer, we walked by again, and we were told they are going to tear it down, because it´s in a very bad shape. I took some photos again, and made a second painting of it.
Yesterday, we had a friend over who loves architecture, and we went to see some buildings in the town where the hotel is, and also looked at the hotel. The windows were gone, glass everywhere, also the beautiful balconies were knocked down. It made me almost teary eyed. We went inside (there was no one around), and walked through the rooms, kitchen, bathrooms. It was very dangerous, because there were pieces of wood, walls, glass etc. everywhere on the floor and stairs, so I couldn´t go to the upper floors (also, I was afraid the floor could break up or something). I´m glad I got inside, but I´m sorry I didn´t do that before they started with the renovations - or at least I hope they are going to do some renovations. As our friend said, if they wanted to tear the building down, they would just demolish it right away. We´ll see. At least I have the photos. Maybe I´m weird with this strange affection for this building, but I can´t help myself :).

Oh, and sorry for the lack of posts. The thing is, I´ve been quite busy recently, getting ready for some exhibitions and occasions. And also, I got pregnant :). So that´s to explain my sickness I wrote about. I don´t feel completely well yet, but in the evenings I´m able to do something again. At the moment I´m pretty frightened about the whole thing, but hoping.


  1. Well, congratulations! I hope you feel better soon. I love old buildings, too. They have a story.

  2. There's an old abandoned school by my house, a lot of people say it's haunted. That hotel looks like it could be haunted too. The paintings look wonderful.

  3. Congratulations, and may it go well! It's a pity about these old buildings... but they also have a special charm in their derelict stage, don't they?

  4. Thank you all :).
    @Lynette, I hope it´s not haunted! I plan to visit it again, if it stays there :).
    @Hana, definitely! I hope they won´t change it much...

  5. Congratulations on the baby and exhibitions!!! Best not to risk falling through the floor boards while pregnant :) I love old buildings, too...wandering around, imagining the history, who was there, gazing at things left behind. Your paintings are darling.