Year Built: 1889
Builder: Joseph Dworak & co.
Style: Victorian Eclectic
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places: 7/19/1996
The Swoboda Bakery Building, constructed in 1889, is located in a section of the city historically known as “Praha,” or Little Bohemia, because of the high concentration of Czech immigrants that once resided here. The two-story brick building is linked to this dominant ethnic group both in the history of its construction and predominant use. Czech businessman Joseph Krejci commissioned Czech mason Joseph Dworak to build the structure with commercial spaces on the lower floor and apartments on the upper level. The popular Czech bakery, Swoboda Bakery, operated out of one of the lower level spaces for forty-six years before closing in 1945. A later conversion transformed the entire building into residential units.