The House of Václav and Božena Letošník

At first glance and in terms of space, the house for Václav Letošník designed by František Kavalír can be considered a very simple one. In 1933, the terrace disappeared and was replaced by two rooms. The entrance and the façade, with its three strips of six-part windows, also underwent major changes. The windows were replaced by three-part windows of the same size. 


František Kavalír

(*1878 Osek +1932 Prague)

An architect, publicist, and building entrepreneur; a student of Jan Kotěra and classmate of Josef Gočár at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. In 1914, he co-founded the Architects’ Society and the “Za starou Prahu” Association; he also co-founded Artěl, an association supporting the Czech art industry, over which he also presided. It brought together progressive personalities of Czech art and design. In the Baba estate, he designed the Letošník House and Uhlíř House, which he built with his brother Václav. They also built other houses not of their design.

studied with Professor Jan Kotěra at the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design in Prague 
later he was in construction with his brother Václav in Prague 
active member of the Artěl Association and the Czechoslovak Werkbund (SČSD)

Significant Works

around 1923
school, on Vinohradská třída, Prague-Vinohrady

around 1925
school, Humpolec

around 1927
residential estate, Prague-Hřebenka

triple villa, Prague-Střešovice 
buildings of the Association of Building Entrepreneurs, Prague-Nové Město

houses of Antonín Uhlíř and Božena and Václav Letošník, Baba,  Prague-Dejvice


Václav and Božena Letošník

Václav Letošník (1891-1955) was one of the best Czech topographers. He took part in the archival separation with Austria after 1918; he devoted his work to topographical names at the Academy of Sciences and was the head of the Archives of the Ministry of Interior. He worked as the head of the State Central Archive until his death.