Photographer's Note

Today is my rather "round" birthday. On this occasion, I have decided to make a sentimental excursion to my birthplace.
I was born in Świder. It was a summer resort in the pine forests not far from Warsaw. My parents went there just for holidays. I was impatient and rather suddenly I appeared in the world (without any doctor) help. I liked adventures since the very beginning :).
Świder is known for the wooden architecture in the special style called ironically świdermajer.

Świdermajer is a distinct Polish architectural style developed in late 19th and early 20th century in Masovia along the railroad linking Warsaw with Otwock. The style was applied almost exclusively to wooden villas of the middle classes. Developed by Michał Elwiro Andriolli, the style combined traditional elements of local wooden architecture with the Swiss style popular after the world fair in Vienna of 1873 (wide roofs), Russian traditional houses of the common people (wooden porches with windows) and some elements of the decorative art from the Podhale region.
The name Świdermajer was a play on the words "Biedermeier" and "Świder", the latter being the name of both a river along which a number of villas were built and a village between Warsaw and Otwock considered the 'Świdermajer capital'. As local neologism, the word was popularized by Konstanty Ildefons Gałczyński in an epigram called "Wycieczka do Świdra". [Wikipedia]

But where it happened? There is no one I could ask. It seems to me that I remember from the stories the name of the street: Zaciszna. I went all Zaciszna along looking for the old wooden houses. I found some. Was it this one maybe? But many villas fell in disrepair and do not exist anymore.

On the map: 5207'00.5"N 2114'07.3"E
Two more examples of wooden houses from Zaciszna in Workshops.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13514 W: 141 N: 35072] (158204)
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