The newly reconstructed Werich villa on Prague’s Kampa, once the home of the famous Czech actor Jan Werich, opens to the public on Friday evening.
The historical building dates to the 17th century when it was used as a tannery. Later on, it was bought by the Nostitz family and became the home of Josef Dobrovský, one of the most important figures of the Czech National Revival. In the 20th century, the famous actor Jan Werich moved here and the Czech poet Vladimír Holan also lived here.
The historical building has been uninhabited and falling apart since it was severely damaged by floods over a decade ago. The reconstruction, which was financed by Prague 1 authorities, amounted to around 30 million crowns. In 2015, custody of the building was granted to the Jan and Meda Mládek Foundation.
Nowadays, there is a multifunctional centre for lectures and workshops, an area for a temporary exhibition, an interactive exposition dedicated to Jiří Voskovec, Jan Werich and their Osvobozené divadlo (Liberated Theatre).