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Vladyslav Gorodetsky
Владислав Городецький
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Name Vladyslav Gorodetsky
Владислав Городецький
Nationality Polish
Birth date May 23, 1863(1863-05-23)
Birth place Sholudky, Podolia Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
Date of death January 3, 1930 (aged 66)
Place of death Tehran, Iran
Buildings House with Chimaeras (Kiev),
St. Nicholas Cathedral (Kiev),
National Art Museum (Kiev),
Karaite Kenesa

Vladislav Gorodetsky or full name Leshek Vladislav Dezidery Gorodetsky (Ukrainian: Лєшек Дезидерій Владислав Городецький, Vladyslav Horodets’kyi; Polish: Leszek Władysław Horodecki) (June 4 [O.S. May 23] 1863 in Sholudky, Podolia Governorate — January 3, 1930 in Tehran, Iran) was an architect and big-game hunter, best known for his Art Nouveau-style buildings, namely the House with Chimaeras, the St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Cathedral, the Karaite Kenesa, the National Art Museum of Ukraine, and many others in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

Monument of Vladislav Gorodetsky in Kiev.

Gorodetsky was born in a noble Polish szlachta family in the Podillia region (now Nemyrivskyi Raion, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine). He graduated from the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg in 1890, and moved to Kiev, where he lived for almost 30 years. In 1920 he emigrated to Warsaw, and in 1928 he moved to Tehran where he died and was buried in 1930. His epitaph is humbly inscribed in Polish with only the phrase professor architektury, which translates into English as "Professor of architecture".

One of Kiev streets, designed by Gorodetsky[1], (between Maidan Nezalezhnosti and House with Chimaeras) was named after him in 1996. Historically, the street was named as Mykolaivska, and in Soviet times it was known as Karl Marx street.


  1. ^ "Photoalbum" (in Ukrainian). Official web-portal. Kyiv municipal authority. Retrieved 2007-07-15.  

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