The Twentieth Century Society

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Twentieth Century Zagreb, Croatia. Tour

Twentieth Century Zagreb, Croatia.  Tour

Friday 7 October to Monday 10 October 2022

Start time/place: 8 October 2022 9am: Central Zagreb near Sheraton Hotel/ Zagreb Glavni Kolod Train Station

Finish time/place: 10 October 2022 4pm: Central Zagreb

The tour will provide a unique opportunity for members to enjoy the 20th century architecture of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. It will be led by Darja Radović Mahečić, Croatian art historian and researcher.

Although Zagreb has a long history, the city that we shall see on this tour reflects three phases in its development: its late nineteenth century growth as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, especially after the earthquake of 1880, then as a major city in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in the inter war period and, after the Second World War, in Tito’s Yugoslavia.

Highlights of the tour will include:

- the Green Horseshoe, a series of monumental public buildings and extensive parks developed after the 1880 earthquake influenced by Vienna’s Ringstrasse. We will see the art nouveau National University Library by Rudolf Lubynski (1913), and the secessionist Kallina building by Vjekoslav Bastll (1903-4).

- the modern city developed in the 1920s and 1930s, then 1950s, and we will see Wellisch House (1930) by Drago Ibler, a 1950s housing complex by Ivan Vitić, a secondary school complex (1930) by Egon Steinmann, and the Croatian Artist Society Pavilion (1938) by sculptor Ivan Meštrović.

- the Novakova development, a cluster of 1930s modernist houses (often compared to the Weißenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart). In Šalata we will see 1920’s regional style housing, the Archiepiscopal seminary by Juraj Neidhardt (1937) and housing by Stjepan Planić . We will visit the 1930s Endowment Block, the most significant large-scale urban development in the city centre, and Planić’s Napredak building (1937). 

- The tour concludes with Zagreb’s southward development towards the Sava River, including buildings of the 1936 Zagreb Fair; the restored French Pavilion by Lafailles and Zagreb’s Technical Museum from the 1950s by Marjan Haberle.  The tour finishes at Cvjetno naselje – a garden suburb of 1939-1940 by Vlado Antolić.

Dinner included on Saturday 8 October

Suggested flight: Fri 7 October BA0840 16.50-20.15 LHR – ZAG. It is also possible to travel to Zagreb by train either stopping en-route or using sleeper trains – see for the options.

Suggested hotels: Hotel Dubrovnik or Sheraton Zagreb.

Darja Radović Mahečić, has lived in Zagreb, she is a Croatian art historian and researcher who has written several works on 19th and 20th urban planning and modern architecture, including Croatian Modern Architecture in the 1930s (2007).

The tour is supported by the British-Croatian Society.

Members of C20 & British-Croatian Society: £250. Non-Members: £280.  (Flights and Accommodation not included in the price). (PLEASE NOTE: unfortunately due to technical reasons we can’t enable British Croatian Society members to book at the reduced rate through our website. We recommend that British Croatian Society members book and pay through our website at the Non-Members rate to secure your place and if you then contact Andrea Crooks by email we will be able to refund the difference.)

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The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider

Above: Mestrovic Pavillion, Terra Balka.

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