The city palace, named after the owner, Žilina banker Ignác Rosenfeld, is located in the historical center of Žilina, not far from the main squares. It was built in 1907 as a scaled-down imitation of the Vienna Belvedere Castle according to the architect M. Rauter. It is one of the most beautiful monuments in the city and the largest cultural monument owned by the city (it was declared in 2009). It has been preserved almost in its original condition with many arts and crafts details, such as window and door panels with decorative metal grilles, wooden wall coverings, stucco interior decoration, original lamps, stained glass etched glass windows, monumental main staircase with marble railings, rear staircase, but also a wrought iron fence with a main gate. In addition to monumental, artistic, artistic and architectural values, it is also valuable in terms of the integrity of the work and social significance. Its significance crosses the borders of Slovakia.
The first owner Ignác Rosenfeld (1850 - 1923, buried in the Jewish cemetery in Žilina) was the director of Slovenská sporiteľňa a úvěr Institute and the first chairman of the Jewish religious community in Žilina after its establishment and approval of the statutes in 1888. In the past, it was a residential house, the seat of several banks (until the end of the 1950s), then they set up a Pioneer House in the building, later the District House of Pioneers and Youth and the Spektrum Leisure Center. From the 1930s, the public notary from Žilina, Ladislav Nádaši, the son of the writer Nádaši-Jége, had his office in the building.
Rosenfeld Palace is currently a member of the European Network of Cultural Centers (ENCC), as the only cultural center in Slovakia (5/21). Everyone who has joined the ENCC exchanges information, knowledge and best practices with other members. Thanks to membership, we cooperate with various European cultural centers, cooperate in joint events and thus create more opportunities for cultural activities in our city.
In the attic of the palace there is a permanent exhibition of Puppets in the attic. Puppet theater has a long and significant history in Slovakia. The first Slovak puppet was Ján Stražan (1856 - 1939). His theater known as Stražanovo or also as the Great Gaspark Theater has become popular throughout Slovakia. The Žilina Puppet Theater was established on September 1, 1950, and was founded by a group of enthusiastic amateurs led by the exceptional Žilina puppet artist Teodor Zvar. In the exhibition, you will also, among others, get acquainted with the work of the important Žilina artist Martin Bálik. The glass educational trail will take you through the history of the Žilina Puppet Theater, and maps the first 16 years of operation. Special worksheets for different age categories of children have been created for the exhibition. Visitors can also view the exhibition with an audio guide or lecturer. As you walk through the exposure areas, you will be captured by a motion sensor and you will find yourself in a puppet game!
Part of the palace is the Book Workshop of Lida Mlichová. It is a unique workshop of its kind in Slovakia with a long family tradition. It is located in the Art Nouveau building of Rosenfeld Palace. The workshop was established on the foundations laid by the artist Ján Vrtílek (1906 - 2000), the father of Lida Mlichová, a member of the leading organization Meister der Einbandkunst based in Munich. The books from the workshop won many awards at Slovak and international competitions. The bookbinding tradition began in Žilina in 1928 with the arrival of Ján Vrtílek in Žilina. It has been operating as an independent bookbinding workshop since 1990. The workshop is personally led by Lida Mlichová.