Mansion", located in the heart of Zakopane at Kasprusie street
(leading to Strążyska Valley), is one of the most beautiful and
important villas in Zakopane. It was built in years 1901-1902 by
Wojciech Roj, a close associate of Stanisław Witkacy, for Oktawia
Lewandowska, sister of Zygmunt Gnatowski, owner of "Koliba"
which was designed by Stanisław Witkiewicz. The villa was initially
named "Władysławka" from the O. Lewandowska's husband's
In 1904 Artur Rubinstein lived in here.
Stefan Żeromski spent the first years of World War I here. Here is
also where the "Zakopane Belvedere" was held in november
1918, when Żeromski led Zakopane National Council and was being
called the "President of Zakopane Republic". Here is where
the famous composer, Karol Szymanowski, lived in building's annex and
was visted regularly by Staniwsław Ignacy Witkiewicz and their
mutual friend, Artur Rubinstein. Among other regulars were Zofia
Nałkowska, Piotr and Rafał Malczewski, Zbigniew Uniłowski, Henryk
Sztompka and many others from the world of culture.
Somewhere in the middle of 1920s the
villa was bought by miss de Pourbeix-Zakrzewska who covered the roof
with red plate and renamed the place to "Red Mansion". This
name was kept to this day.
After the end of the World War II, the
building was overtaken and redesigned for educational purposes. In
years 1946-1947 it became a youth shelter and then it was tranformed
to Cracov Worker Association of Friends to Childrens' preventorium
and to National Child Care for boys. From 1951 to 2016 the villa
operated as kindergarten which from 1954 had Karol Szymanowski as its
In 2016 the building was designed as
cultural local art center by the Mayor of Zakopane, Leszek Dorula's
decision. Since then, podhalan art exhibitions, folk workshops and
lectures are being held in Red Gallery. There is where you can
find traditional glass paintings made by Zakopane artists.