The Straka Academy

The Straka Academy

The Straka Academy

The Straka Academy was a college for not wealthy students from the nobility of Bohemia.  The idea of creating such an institution came to Jan Petr Straka of Nedabylice, who was the imperial secret counselor. In the year 1870 he bequithed his property to realize the academy. Unfortunately, due to a lack of political will, it was impossible to realize his will, and the resources coming from his estate were used to pay the scholarships of the destitute students from the nobles bohemian families. The dream of Straka was realized only at the end of the XIX century, in the years 1891-1896.

It was the architect Wenceslas Rostlapil the one who developed the neo-baroque building located on the left bank of the Moldau river, near the Manes bridge, in the area where were situated the jesuit gardens.

At that time the building was already provided with modern comforts. There were spa with pool, central heating, gyms, a gym for fencing and an hospital. During the first world war, the academy was used as a hospital for the Red Cross, and after the independence of Czechoslovakia there were public offices. The majority of the building was owned by the Central Union of Students, who opened there a library and an archive. From the April of 1939 the building was used by the Protectorate Government, and from 1942 by the Reich Tribunals. After the war, till the 1993, it was the Office of the Government Presidency. Since 1993 the building is the seat of the Office of the Czech Republic Government.

 

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