On 4th November 1930, the Technical Department of the Government Office’s Construction Supervision in Gdynia issued a building permit for an apartment house “Opolanka” designed by Włodzimierz Prochaska and Tadeusz Jędrzejewski, the graduates of Warsaw University of Technology. The Dutkiewicz family from Łódź were the investors – Wincentry Dutkiewicz MD and his wife as well as his daughter, the attorney Wanda Dutkiewicz.
In less than 4 years, in August 1934, the multi-family residential building on the south slope of Kamienna Góra, at the junction of Piotra Skargi and Henryka Siemiradzkiego Streets was put in use. Its middle part on the north side was three-storey high while the south part was four-storey high. The company Inżynierowie budowy i architektury O. i E. Ungerowie oraz E. Jakubowicz was commissioned to build it.
The building’s name comes from Opole Lubelskie, where doctor Dutkiewicz had his medical practice and where his daughter Wanda was born.
The building is brick, with a cellar and a flat roof. Its three-storey, symmetrical front elevation was crowned with a moulding. In its axis, there is a shallow avant-corps with a vertical line of the staircase’s windows – the so-called thermometer. In the past, there was the inscription OPOLANKA on it. The elevation on both sides of the avant-corps was divided with horizontal stripes of shallow recesses with two windows, which were arranged symmetrically on each of the three levels. The building’s corners are streamlined and additionally accentuated with semicircular balconies. The building’s bright, cream-coloured plaster makes a harmonious combination with the gentle shade of pink on the balconies and the stripes which link them to the glazed in avant-crops. Today’s elevation colours are patterned after the original ones.
The “Opolanka” apartment house was build to bring income, however, its unique, dynamic, detached body surrounded with a garden together with the prestigious location in the view corridor which opens to the sea and gives it a villa or boarding house character which is so typical of Kamienna Góra.
In each floor of the building, there were two 3-room apartments with bathrooms, toilets, kitchens and staff quarters. On the top floor’s south side, a 2-room apartment with a balcony was designed.
In 2008, the building was renovated thoroughly – the staircase windows were replaced with new wooden ones. The original divisions of the windows were preserved too. The oak entrance door was reconstructed, as a copy of the original one. The skylight in the roof with reinforced glazing and a special opening mechanism is one of the surviving elements. The staircase’s decor with its grey terrazzo floor, half-turn stairs surrounded with an openwork, metal pastel-hued pink balustrade with a wooden handrail is also preserved. The dados are light pink too. On each floor, there is a niche in the wall. In the past, sculptures were placed there.
On 31.07.79, the “Opolanka” apartment house was entered into the Pomoranian Voivodeship’s Register of Monuments under the number 972 (830).