Central European University

Hungary, BUDAPEST V. 1051 Nádor utca 9-15.
September 16th, 2017 - September 17th, 2017

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The “Monument Building” of the CEU complex was originally constructed as an urban palace for the Festetics family in the 1820-30s by Mihály Pollack, one of the most prominent architects of Neoclassicism in Hungary. The history of the Festetics palace is in many ways representative of Hungary’s 19th and 20th century history. In the second half of the 19th century the family rented the building to a bank and shops. In 1945 it was restored by the state for the use of the Military Intelligence Unit, the basement was used as a prison. In 1992, Central European University became the owner. 11 Nádor Street was constructed for the same Festetics family in 1914-15 according to the design by the architects Béla Jánszky and Tibor Szivessy. The area in the heart of the city was occupied by banks, insurance companies and state institutions in the first decades of the 20th century, and the new apartment house offered homes to rent for their employees in a different size and comfort level. The building housed a number of firms and companies in the course of the 20th century; the interior was re-organized several times. The building was taken over by the Central European University in 1997, and the façade renovated in 2006 displays again the original forms. The urban palaces at 13 Nádor Street and at 7 Október 6 Street were both designed by József Hild in the 1830s-40s. They also house various units of CEU now. The most recent building in the complex is getting finished right now, at 15 Nador Street, designed by teh award-winning Irish O'Donnell-Tuomey Architects. Open: 2017.09.16 10:00 - 20:00, 2017.09.17. 10:00 - 20:00

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