Kamień Pomorski – town hall

History

   Located in the center of the Kamień Pomorski market, the town hall was built in the 13th century. At the end of the fourteenth century, there was an expansion, as a result of which it was enlarged. A a two-storey shopping hall, was also erected into the existing building. In the fifteenth century, the west part of the town hall was expanded, the façades received decorative ornaments. In later periods, the medieval form has already undergone smaller transformations. In the 18th century, there was a new entrance in the northern façade and some windows were rebuilt. In 1927, regothization was carried out. In 1945, the building was destroyed, but it was carefully rebuilt after the war.

Architecture

   The town hall from the 13th century was a small, almost square in the plan, a two storey building with basement, with stairs in the thickness of the wall. On the first floor there was a jury room and on the ground floor a meeting hall of the town council. A timber merchant hall adjoined or stood to the building in close proximity.
    In the 14th century, the building received the shape of an elongated, rectangular form with a three-arcaded gallery on the east side and a rich elevation decor, divided by ogival arcades and polygonal pilaster strips. Shorter sides received ornamental gothic gables, of which the western one was finished with a beautiful openwork decoration at the end of the 15th century. Inside the town hall there is a high ground floor and a low floor. In the cellars and on the ground floor of the town hall there are gothic rib and barrel vaults.

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bibliography:
Pilch.J, Kowalski S., Leksykon zabytków Pomorza Zachodniego i ziemi lubuskiej, 2012.
Webpage encyklopedia.szczecin.pl, Ratusz (Kamień Pomorski).