ADDITION TO THE KEŽMAROK STATE BURGHER SCHOOL FOR BOYS AND COMMERCIAL COLLEGE

Maroš Semančík

The study deals with the architecture of a secondary-school building in Kežmarok. A short biography of Károly Nagy, Jr., the architect, follows a brief history of the school. Following the information related to the origin of the school and the course of its construction, the next section focuses mainly on the description of the later addition. The study analyzes the iconographic process of decorating and situation of the building within the contemporary architectural context. Besides the architectural and the artistic aspects, the article also lays emphasis on the ideological background involved with the usage of traditional Hungarian folk motifs. With their references to historical morphology, these elements create an ambivalent architectural expression –on the one hand anchored in history, on the other advanced in terms of applying various modern elements, according to the spirit of the Austro-Hungarian architecture from the period around 1910.

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