The Semler family owned a factory for drawn wire products. They were particularly famous for producing high-quality needles for gramophones. They lived in their home at 19 Klatovská Street where they also had factory and office headquarters on the ground floor of the house. After the death of the founder of the company, Šimon Semler, his son Hugo and his family lived in the house. It was Hugo who had the apartment reconstructed in 1930.

 

Adolf Loos designed a gorgeous musical salon, strictly symmetrical, lined with marble stone Fantastico of white colour with black streaks which resembles all sorts of surreal creatures. In the centre of the main wall, Adolf Loos positioned a fireplace made of bricks and typically, a mirror wall above it. Built-in furniture and doors are made of elm wood. From the adjacent gentlemen's salon, the room is variably separable by a glass sliding wall. The gentlemen's salon and the dining room, which were probably designed by some of Loos's collaborators, were also preserved. In 1932, Loos designed a two-storey extension of the house, which unfortunately was not built.

  

During the World War II the house served as the headquarters of the Wehrmacht in Pilsen. In the gentlemen's salon, the capitulation of the German garrison was signed at the end of the war. General Georg von Majewski, after signing the capitulation certificates shot himself dead in front of the US soldiers, his staff and his wife Elisabeth. After the war, the Communist regime confiscated the house of the Semler family and until 2002 the Czechoslovakian (later the Czech) Army continued using it. Both the house and the interior are still waiting to be reconstructed, both premises are accessible for public only on special occasions.

 

Adolf Loos, 19 Klatovska Street, Pilsen

Other interiors

B10 10 Bendova Street
K12 12 Klatovska Street
H58 58 Husova Street
K110 110 Klatovska Street
K19 19 Klatovska Street
P6 6 Placheho Street
K140 140 Klatovska Street
NR22 22 Republic Square
  • B10

    10 Bendova Street
    The Apartment of Kraus Family

    Accessible
    Part of the Guided Tour 1

  • K12

    12 Klatovska Street
    The Apartment of Doctor Vogl

    Accessible
    Part of the Guided Tour 1

  • H58

    58 Husova Street
    The Brummel House

    Accessible
    Part of the Guided Tour 2

  • K110

    110 Klatovska Street
    The Semler House

    Temporarily closed

  • P6

    6 Placheho Street
    Richard Hirsch's Apartment

    The apartment is accessible
    only occasionally.

  • K19

    19 Klatovska Street
    Hugo Semler's Apartment

    The apartment is accessible
    only occasionally.

  • K140

    140 Klatovska Street
    Leo Brummel's Apartment

    The apartment is not accessible
    for public.

  • NR22

    22 Republic Square
    Weiner's Apartment

    The apartment is not accessible
    for public.