Landmarks Heritage Preservation Commission

Address: 1422 William Street

Year Built: 1889

Architect: Unknown

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.

National Register Nomination Document

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