Tea at Five & Garden Party at Villa Winternitz
Indulge in a slice of one of the finest British traditions with BCC at Villa Winternitz built by Adolf Loos and Karel Lhota in 1932.
Enjoy a selection of finely cut sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Cornish clotted cream and strawberry preserve, and a mouth-watering range of exquisitely presented pastries and teacakes. This unforgettable experience will be followed by garden party, bubbles and oysters.
Tea Serving: 5:00pm
Garden Party: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Dress code: business casual
About Villa Winternitz
The villa was built by Adolf Loos and Karel Lhota in 1932 by a Prague lawyer, JUDr. Josef Winternitz as a family villa for his wife Jenny Winternitz, daughter of Suzana and son Peter. It is the last Loos building to be built and has a lot of identical elements with Müller’s villa, among other things, the way it is divided (so-called raumplan), which was generally characteristic of Loos. The construction of the villa, including all the preparations, plans and permits, lasted for one year and on September 9, 1932, the “Building Permit” was issued. The family lived the villa until 1941, when it was forced to transfer to the Auswanderungsfond für Böhmen und Mähren (Emigration Fund) under the pressure of racial persecution of the villa. From this fund, the building was bought by the Prague municipality, which established a kindergarten in the villa. Until 1997, it resided there continuously. The whole family was transported to Terezín in 1943 and later to Auschwitz.
Here, as soon as he arrived, JUDr. Josef Winternitz and his son Peter. Jenny Winternitz and Suzana’s daughter got a job in a transmission factory where they survived the winter through the heat of the machines until the end of the war. After the war, they returned to Prague, but they never got to their family villa again. Although their entitlement to the return of the villa, the Czechoslovak State acknowledged and restored ownership of JUDr. Josef Winternitz, but he imposed an inheritance and millionaire on heirs. The return of the villa was subject to the fulfillment of these payment terms and was subject to execution. Since Jenny and Suzana did not have any property or income and were unable to meet these conditions, they offered the Czechoslovak State the donation of the villa in return for the abolition of the executions and other receivables that arose for the return of the property. Jenny Winternitz quit the donation letter by calling “Peace.” They had never looked at the villa or talked about it in the family. The rest of the family learned about the villa in 1991 when preparing restitution. Neither Jenny nor Suzana had any restitution. The villa returned to the hands of the descendants of the original owners and the family reconstructed it to its original form in the 1930s. The reconstruction took place in 1999-2002 and the whole family took part in it personally. The remarkable result of the reconstruction into its original form is only due to the immense energy and work of grandson JUDr. Josef Winternitz Ing. Stanislav Cysař. Since 2017, the villa has been open to the public and can be visited as part of guided tours, or on a rich cultural program that takes place in the villa. You can also stay in the villa or rent it for a wedding or private party. The villa is still in the hands of the original owners who, with a permanent exhibition on the 2nd floor, strive to forget the turbulent history of the 20th century, which has become harshly in the history of family and object.
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