Municipal Savings Bank building

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Ljubljana's Municipal Savings Bank was established in 1882. It was Ljubljana's first Slovenian-owned bank to compete with the German-owned Kranjska hranilnica bank, the city's most prominent bank of the time.

The designs for the Municipal Savings Bank building, constructed between 1903 and 1904, were provided by Josip Vancaš (1869-1933), a Sarajevo-based architect renowned for numerous important buildings in Sarajevo, Zagreb and Ljubljana. Apart from the Municipal Savings Bank his works in Ljubljana include the People's Loan Bank (Ljudska posojilnica) and the Union hotel in the Miklošičeva ulica street, two of the city's most prominent Art Nouveau buildings.

The most outstanding element on the Municipal Savings Bank's façade is the wrought-iron and glass canopy shaped in the form of the petals of a wide open flower, a more modest version of the canopy above the entrance to Urbanc House (Urbančeva hiša). The building also boasts Ljubljana's only signboard surviving from the Art Nouveau period. The façade is adorned with allegorical statues of Commerce and Production.

The banking hall, located on the first floor, boasts one of Ljubljana's rare interiors decorated in the Art Nouveau style. The surviving Art Nouveau elements include stucco decoration, based on the same motifs as the ornaments on the façade, and several chandeliers and pieces of furniture. The etched glass dividers and the rest of interior furnishings are of a later date.


The building is not open to tourists. 

Čopova ulica 3 1000 Ljubljana

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