We know what the new Half Alley will look like

All indications are that the building which years ago housed the popular Café Halbe Allee (German – “Half Alley”) will finally be renovated. Work on a dilapidated historic premises located at al. Winsare to start at the turn of 2022 and 2023.

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Although today the sanctuary at al. Victory does not impress with its appearance, it was not always the case. Around 1903, a restaurant was opened here, which existed for the next several decades.

Although it was established in this area a few or even a dozen years after other restaurants, even the most famous at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Café Ludwig – which was famous not only for its cuisine, but also for organizing sports competitions – it managed to survive various turbulences and operate until the end of World War II.

Initially, it was called Café Feyerabend (from the restaurateur, Gustav Feyerabend), but soon (around 1907) its name was changed to Café Halbe Allee (German – “Half of the Avenue”).

It operated under this name for the longest time, uninterruptedly until the beginning of the 1930s. For a short period, in 1933, or in the years 1932-1933, it was called Café Wegenerfrom the new owner, Johannes Wegenerthen, already until 1945 – Café Woycke.

Half of the Avenue in the past and today

The former “Half Alley” is a single-story, wooden building without a basement, largely rebuilt during its existence. Its original structure is an indoor type layout with richly ornamented carvings.

The external structure is in part the so-called half-timbered wall, the remaining walls are closed with a decorative, original and historical wooden panel cladding, which has been re-covered with chip-cement boards and plastered.

Currently, the historic building is deteriorating, but there are plans to renovate it.

Today, the building practically does not resemble any premises from its heyday. The renovation of the tabernacle was announced a long time ago, but the works were postponed. Now everything indicates that we will finally be able to start them.

The new life of a run-down restaurant

– Our resources include real estate of interesting historical value that can be used for commercial activities. Being aware of their value, we undertake modernization activities, and thus ultimately an attractive city space. One of them is the building where the restaurant “Połowa Aleja” was formerly located. The building at Aleja Zwycięstwa 43a is the first property to be fully renovated in this form – says Przemysław Guzowdirector of Gdańskie Nieruchomości.
The beginning of the process related to the planned renovation was the development of design and cost-estimate documentation by a design studio selected through a tender.

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As he explains Aleksandra Strugspokeswoman for Gdańskie Nieruchomości, the design of such a facility is an important element influencing the final result.

The project also includes a program of conservation works and the scope of renovation or restoration of the original decor. Preparation of the necessary design and cost documentation also requires obtaining the necessary permits and carrying out conservation arrangements.

The next stage is obtaining a building permit and selecting a contractor for renovation works.

The design process was completed in May this year. Details of the work with Pomeranian Provincial Conservator of Monuments – due to the scope of its historical protection.

Start of renovation at the turn of 2022 and 2023.

Currently, the last elements necessary to launch a tender for the implementation of works are being obtained.

"Half of the avenue" - period picture

"Half of the avenue" - period picture

– The works envisaged for the property are comprehensive, including the removal of secondary divisions of the space and the restoration of its original function, but also a number of restoration works related to the repair and restoration of architectural details. We would like the work to start at the turn of 2022 and 2023. – announces director Guzov.
Importantly, explains Aleksandra Strug, the area at 43A Zwycięstwa Avenue is covered by a conservation protection zone. The building is not entered in the register of monuments, however, it was classified as a building with cultural values ​​and is included in the municipal register of monuments.

– This means that the character of the building, architectural details and the preserved elements of interior decoration and equipment are protected. Therefore, the modernization of the building has been planned taking into account a wide range of conservation works, so that the use of the building after renovation is not only comfortable, ecological and economic, but also allows you to enjoy a beautiful, restored with care for history, real estate – says Aleksandra Strug.

What will the new Half Alley look like?

As part of the modernization works planned by Gdańskie Nieruchomości, the historically developed structure of spatial development of land and greenery will also be preserved. According to the archives, a courtyard and an outdoor terrace have been designed in front of the building.

Renovation works planned in the building include, among others reconstruction of part of the building partitions along with architectural details that will be preserved in an unchanged historical form.

In terms of energy efficiency, in order to meet the current requirements in terms of thermal parameters and ensure thermal comfort, insulation of the building from the inside has been planned.

Postcard depicting a cafe.  It comes from 1910 / 1912-1924.

Postcard depicting a cafe.  It comes from 1910 / 1912-1924.

The work program also includes the reconstruction of the historic doors and windows, external roller shutters and the restoration of the main entrance with external stairs in the central part of the building.

In addition, the plan of works inside the property includes, among others removing secondary divisions of the interior and restoring a single-space restaurant room, as well as the reconstruction of decorative architectural elements, such as decorative columns, decorative ceiling beams.