František Beneš

Date of birth: 13. 3. 1879 Plzeň

Biography

The Pilsen architect and builder František Beneš, born on the 13th of March 1879, was one of the most active designers in the West Bohemian capital. He attended the Secondary Technical School here and then gained work experience at the Pilsen studio of the renowned architect Alois Čenský. In the years 1899–1937, he worked at the City of Pilsen Building Authority. In that time, he collaborated with, among others, Kamil Hilbert, Viktorin Šulc, Hanuš Zápal and Josef Farkač, and was also active in the restoration of valuable historical objects (e.g. the building of the Town Hall and what is known as the Imperial House, Gerlachovský House and St. George’s Church in Pilsen-Doubravka).

Despite his traditional schooling in the fashion of 19th century historicism, František Beneš also tried to come to grips with the new stylistic directions in architecture: from the National style (Municipal Social Care Houses); to echoing ideas of the English Arts and Crafts movement and the so-called rural revival (his own villa in Pilsen–Lochotín, the forester’s lodge in Zábělá); to Purism and Functionalism (the building of the City Technical Authority and Pavilion No. 7 in the Bory complex of the present-day University Pilsen Hospital). 


Selection of other works

1905 (competition), 1907–1914
Restoration and modernisation of the Town Hall building and the Imperial House

1st decade of the 20th century
Central City Cemetery (Central Cemetery today) Pilsen (together with Josef Farkač)

1910
Chamber of Trade and Commerce, Pilsen (together with Viktorin Šulc)

around 1910
Renovation of Gerlachovský House for the Ethnography Museum of the Pilsen Region, Dřevěná Street, Pilsen (together with Kamil Hilbert and Josef Farkač)

1912–1913
Renovation of Street George’s Church in Pilsen-Doubravka (together with Josef Farkač)

1921–1922
The architect’s own villa, Vlastina Street, Pilsen-Lochotín

1923–1924
Forester’s lodge, Zábělá, Pilsen-Bukovec

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