The former Port Construction Office is located in 38 Waszyngtona Street, which used to be called Nadbrzeżna Street. Thanks to the favourable location, the building is situated in today’s most elegant part of the city. It was constructed in 1928 and accommodated the offices of the Technical and Construction Department of the Maritime Office as well as the apartment of Tadeusz Wenda, the main architect and site manager of the Gdynia port.
The building’s three-wing core is flanked by two side wings. The structure’s U-shaped layout is complemented by a small front yard. The building has a three-storey façade which is rhythmically divided with three lesenes. The wings are three-storey high. Each of these parts is covered with a separate, high hipped tiled roof. As a whole, the form was a reference to the historical intents of the Polish manors.
In the façade’s axis, there is a centrally-located simple rusticated portal finished in red stone. It has a five-axis elevation with straight, vertical stripes of coloured plaster. This kind of articulation puts this elevation with moderate decoration in order and gives it more character.
The entire design is complemented by the fencing with the gate which is mounted in the wall’s axis. In the decoration of the metal spans, there is a detail which makes a reference to Neptune, the lord of the seas – a trident – and two art déco lamps which flank the gate.
The building has features of modernised historicism. Among the architectural details, there are references to classicism and art déco-style details. The rare and unique spatial arrangement with residence features is definitely worth noticing.