The Otto Petschek villa, where the US Chief of Mission Residence in Prague is located, is a major landmark of the beginning of 20th century architecture. This precious villa, built in 1924-1928, was designed by the famous architect Max Spielmann in the French Beaux Arts style. The restoration of the antique winter garden door at this historical building was carried out by our specialists.

Phase I (2007)

We provided complete restoration work: restoration of cast stone statuaries, restoration of Zinc-Al statuaries, restoration of decorative metal railings, restoration and replicas of historical lamps, restoration of decorative glass components, restoration of art handicraft stone elements from natural and cast stone, decorative coppertinsmith elements, development and application of grinded stucco plaster, rehabilitation and insultation of base and retaining walls, complete reconstruction and insulation of external terraces.

The residence was designed by German architect Maxmilian Spielmann and built by Prague’s well known architect Matěj Blecha as one of the Prague residences of Otto Petschek family in years 1926 – 1928. Palace was built in the French Beaux Arts style as a loose interpretation of Versailles. The central building of palace was built of stone, the side parts were faced with stucco plaster imitating the stone. The garden loggia in the western part of southern terrace was built up at later stage. Under the southern terrace the inside swimming pool is situated. The United States of America gains the ownership of palace after II.WW. The reconstruction of Residence of U.S. ambassador in Prague was carried out in year 2007. We performed the work in scope of the restoration of statuaries, decorative metal railings, restoration and replicas of historical lamps and restoration of decorative art glass components. We also provided the development and application of grinded stucco plaster, the rehabilitation and insulation of base and retaining walls and the complete reconstruction and insulation of the external terraces.

Phase II (2017)

We awarded a tender for restoration of the antique winter garden door at the US Chief of Mission Residence in Prague.

The outer decorative lattice / glass door of the winter garden (Garden Hall) dominates the villa’s southeastern façade open to the garden. The outer and inner wall of the “Garden Hall” consists of glass lattice walls with the possibility to be slided down to the basement. This exceptional technical solution was used in Bohemia for the first time in this villa.
The outer decorative steel bars were dismantled for the first time since they were mounted on the site, while the outer steel door frames were treated on the spot. The bronze plant decorative elements were dismantled after the bars were transported to the restoration atelier. The old paints layers were removed from the steel bars to bare metal, the surface has been treated against corrosion and finished with new coatings. Originally gilded plant decorative elements made of bronze have been deprived of non-original paints, cleaned up to the bare metal, treated and gilded with gold. The gilded elements were finally mounted back on the restored grills at the atelier before transportation.
The inner side of the winter garden sliding doors consisting of full-area gilded grilles was treated on the spot, without general disassembly. The gilded surface of the grilles had been completely cleared, all damage treated, retouched and finally fixed. The gilding of the frequently used central part of the sliding door with two-wings and a lunette was severely damaged. The old gilding including its background layers was removed and the inner side of the door was newly leafed by 24 karat Gold.
The technical part of the mechanics of the sliding door was not subject of the restoration.

  • Address:

     Ronald Reagana 3/181, Prague 6, Czech Republic

  • Client:

    US Government

  • Description of the work:

  • Realization:

    11/2016 – 06/2017