…represent one of the city’s greatest treasures. The unique interiors completed at the request of affluent Jewish families create a flawless example of timeless architecture and thoughtful design. Second only to Vienna, the West Bohemian city of Pilsen boasts the largest number of realised works by world-renowned architect Adolf Loos. And this is thanks to the momentous European art historian, Věra Běhalová, whose efforts saved the interiors.
By nominating most of Pilsen’s interiors designed by Brno native Adolf Loos, one of the fathers of modern architecture, Věra practically saved this treasure of world architecture, of which Pilsen is justly proud. By visiting and documenting these interiors herself in the 1960s, Věra had the opportunity to present this one-of-a-kind work in detail in the article “Pilsner Wohnungen von Adolf Loos” to the free world a decade later. She published the article while in exile, where she was finally able to receive her dreamed-of doctorate in art history after suffering many years of the communist regime and establish herself as a significant expert in Art-Nouveau furniture and the history of architecture. During her exile, she selflessly helped numerous art historians and students from the communist state of Czechoslovakia. Thanks to the incredibly brave woman, Věra Běhalová, a total of eight of Loos’ finished works survive in Pilsen to this day. Five of them may be visited in person at this time. Three of the five offer regular tour routes, the other two, currently nonrenovated interiors offer a new special tour that is held around once per month.