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Toulcuv Yard (Toulcův dvůr )

14. 8. 2014

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“Toulcův dvůr ” is an area of historic listed buildings situated in Prague-Hostivař. The area was chosen as an example of preservation of a medieval architecture through sensitive renovation. Since 1994, the structure has been gradually restored and serves as a centre of environmental education for the city of Prague.

Locality Prague 10, Hostivař Czech Republic
Time Since 1993
Organizer The City of Prague, professional Association Toulcův dvůr
Realisation team The Association Toulcův dvůr – 4 members-NGO organisation
Target group Residents, families with children
Cultural-historical criterion Toulcův dvůr is unique not only for its farm and natural area, but also for the set of listed buildings, whose history dates back to the Middle Ages. The yard situated in the Hostivař village was first mentioned in 1362, when reeve Petřík from Lešťany was entrusted with the maintenance of the yard and the buildings belonging to it. The fortress situated in the central part of the yard long belonged to Sázava Monastery. In 1866 the village Hostivař became the property of „village of the Kingdom of Bohemia“. The last farming tenant of the farmyard was František Toulec, after whom the yard is named.
Ethnographic criterion Rural homesteads of late baroque type occurred in all villages of a larger scale. These buildings represent traditional rural architecture.
Environmental criterion From the 1960s, the yard was administrated by the State Farm Prague. A large-scale feed mixture factory was established here and former barns were reconstructed into industrial buildings. In 1992, the Czech government assigned the yard for environmental educational purposes and converted it under the property of the capital city of Prague. At present, Toulcův dvůr is an educational and environmental centre. The main activities of the centre focus on farming, environmental education, and 18 working therapy for disabled persons. The farm is currently engaged in a project aimed at environmental education and focused on the use of regional indigenous breed. The participants of the project aim to reinforce the preservation of agricultural biodiversity of the region.
Aesthetic criterion A positive example of how a medieval building can be preserved by sensitive renovation. In the alienated urban environment, this yard situated between concrete houses represents a connection with tradition and history.

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