The town of Śródborów founded in 1922, was famous for excellent modernist and Świdermajer style villas designed by the outstanding Polish architects. Many of those villas served as luxury guesthouses and Śródborowianka was definitely the most grandiose of them. Currently, Śródborowianka is the only guesthouse in Otwock which has managed to continue its operations since the 1920s. The history of Śródborowianka dates back to the first half of the 1920s, and more precisely to the year 1922, when a family summerhouse was erected upon a plot of land owned by Mr Tadeusz Płucer-Sarna. It was single-storey wooden edifice with a partially residential loft and glazed porches. The building named after its owner i.e. Sarenka Villa” (i.e. “Doe Villa”) has been preserved until nowadays. At the same time, on a separate land property located east of Sarenka, a single-storey wooden guesthouse named Śródborowianka was erected. It was a large building which included 18 rooms (on its ground- and 1 st floor) equipped with tiled stoves which made possible their occupancy also in wintertime. Unfortunately, the guesthouse has not been preserved till these days. The building belonged to Tadeusz Płucer-Sarna, a famous Warsaw-based entrepreneur. According to pre-war documentation, the guesthouse was a joint property of Tadeusz and Stanisław Płucer-Sarna, the two brothers who owned a big enterprise in Warsaw seated at 5 Tłomackie Street. The company name was Aniline Dies and Chemical Products Trading Society. The guesthouse soon became highly popular among holidaymakers along with the growing popularity of Śródborów itself. As a consequence, Tadeusz Płucer-Sarna decided to expand the building. In 1927, Izaak Wölfling, who resided at a nearby Szwoleżerów Street developed a draft which assumed erecting another one-storey brick house in order to expand the original building. The new edifice bordered with the “old” guesthouse from the north. The extension included 20 new hotel rooms, equipped with bathrooms and toilets and a dining room featuring an orchestra pit, a smoking parlour, a kitchen and pantry, a lobby as well as large loggias and unsheltered terraces. Several years later, the guesthouse was expanded even further in accordance with Józef Czesław Kon’s architectural design, and new premises were added on the side of Literacka Street.

Śródborowianka gallery

Photographs provided by Paweł Ajdacki