These materials were originally presented at the Docomomo National Symposium in June, 2015.
CONCRETE CONSERVATION: CENTENNIAL HALL
RENOVATION OF THE CENTENNIAL HALL IN WROCLAW, POLAND
Centennial Hall is not only a milestone of modern concrete architecture, but one of the first modern buildings in Europe planned for a mass audience of the new urban societies. At the time of its erection in 1913, Centennial Hall was the largest reinforced concrete structure and featured the biggest dome ever built. Despite Centennial Hall monumental value and practical importance as one of the largest multifunctional facilities in Poland, the building was largely left to deteriorate after WWII until 2006, when the landmark was inscribed on the World Heritage List and its ownership was transferred to local administration.