Opava, Czech Republic
Breda Department Store
I remember when I was younger this building was magnificent! It was the most important in our city and everybody in the Czech Republic knew it.
Buildings where we spend a lot of time in our youth stamp themselves on our identity. Department stores, the mid and early 20th-century successors to 19th-century emporiums, are themselves now commonly subsumed into larger shopping malls, losing their individual character. The disappearance of these familiar places leaves us with a vacuum. Such may be the case with the Breda department store in Opava, Czech Republic, built in 1929 by Leopold Bauer, which is now closed. A new shopping mall with the same name has already been constructed next door.
Submitted by Natálie Gabrielová