Since its establishment the foundation has focused on the revalorisation of the Grey House, whose technical state in the 1990s was far from what it should have been; indeed, it would be no exaggeration to say that this historical building, of considerable significance to Krakow, was in a state of technical ruin. It was vital that the most urgent structural and conservation work be done rapidly and efficiently – the load-bearing floor structures needed replacing, the roof ridge beam reinforcing, the foundations underpinned and the buttress – such a characteristic element of the outline of our building – securing. Then came the time for further investments, which are still underway…

The main plan adopted by the foundation’s governing body was to take such action and to carry out all conservation work in such a way as to prevent the building losing its unique character. The architectural details, unlike anything else in Krakow or even the rest of the country (polychromed wooden ceiling beams more than a dozen feet long, the original layout of the cellars in the main building, etc.), suggested – even demanded – appropriate treatment. Hence the “best possible conservatism” in conducting all work. Our successes include preserving the original 13th-century plasterwork in the cellars, the rare stairs cut into the thickness of the wall, and the aforementioned polychromy.

The foundation has always worked well with the best conservators of historical monuments, from the planning stage through execution, and we choose our specialist contractors with care. The degree of complexity owing to the historical and technical conditions has always presented an immense challenge, but our particular care and attention to detail have resulted in the recreation of the building’s former splendour, without diminishing its unique aura and character. Thanks to the hard work of the foundation, this building, only recently in a state of ruin, has been repopulated and revived to become one of the most desirable addresses in Krakow.