History in 19th century

Koruna Palace was built on premises of three town houses, these plots of land were delineated with founding of the New Town of Prague in 1348. Two or three floor buildings, before their demolition in 1912, had baroque facades modified in 19th century. The lower part of Wenceslas Square was always more busy than the upper part, thanks to closeness of the Old Town, it showed in the heights and decorations of local buildings. The only one preserved till these days is U Zlatého úlu house at Můstek.



U Špinků house at the corner of Wenceslas Square with the typical tower and baroque dormer-windows was probably one of the oldest house soft he Old Town. Originaly there was a brewery and stablest here. Renowned Vienna coffee shop in rococo style with the first pool table in Prague was opened at the begining of the 20th century. The shop of Hynek Gottwald, one of the pioneers of metal furniture in Bohemia, was located there since 1899.