Sad Dr. Edvarda Beneše (Park of Dr. Edvard Beneš) (Kopřivnice)

Park of Dr. Edvard Beneš (326 MAMSL)
Architecturally dominant features of the park are two important buildings that were built by the sons of the founder of the Kopřivnice carriage factory Ignác Šustala. The park area was originally formed by two separate gardens. Each villa has an ornamental garden with a usable part. Plantings were designed in the English style and fitted very well into the surrounding rural landscape in the foothills of the Beskids.
The villa, which stands in the left part of the park, belonged to Adolf Šustala (house No. 243). It was built in 1892. The villa of Josef Šustala (house No. 226) can be found in the right part of the park. It was built in the French style in 1889. A major reconstruction of the park took place between 1966 and 1967. This was due to the construction of a glass museum building in the rear garden. Both gardens were joined by removing fencing. At the instigation of an ethnographic worker and researcher Emil Hanzelka, the Lachian Museum (later the Special Museum of automotive and ceramic industry) was established in the villa of Josef Šustala in 1947. Next to it, the first hall for the Technical Museum Tatra was built. It was moved into a new building in the town center in 1997.

After one hundred and fifteen years when the villa was completed, construction workers returned to it again. After a costly reconstruction, the historic building became another center of cultural life in Kopřivnice. Another exposition, devoted to a famous compatriot, the painter and illustrator Zdeněk Burian, was formed on the ground floor. There is also a collection of majolica and stoves produced in the local factory in the 19th century.

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Birthplace of Zdeněk Burian
In 1989, a memorial plaque was unveiled, honoring the famous Kopřivnice compatriot, painter and illustrator Zdeněk Burian, at the spot (a wall of today's Grand Café), where it was thought that it was a house no. 330, the birthplace of Zdeněk Burian. A bronze plaque was moved in August 2009 to Šustala villa in the Park of Edvard Beneš. The town did this mainly because the new place is much more representative than the original installation on the residential building in the town center.

Zdeněk Burian was born on February 11th, 1905 in house No. 198, which used to be part of the factory called Kachlovka. But Burian's family lived there only a few weeks, and so the birthplace of Zdeněk Burian was mistaken for house No. 330, which Burian's family stayed much longer. In 1987, a plaque commemorating Burian's connection with the town of Kopřivnice was placed at the spot, where the aforementioned apartment house now stands.

Based on the finding that house No. 330 wasn't the painter's birthplace, because it was built in 1910, displacing the memorial plaque began to be considered. Given that the building Kachlovka is privately owned and the still standing birthplace of Zdeněk Burian is not open to the public, the Lachian Museum in Šustala villa was selected as the most suitable place. Among other things, an exhibition of this important Kopřivnice native is located there.

Zdeněk Burian was born on February 11th, 1905 to the family of a Kopřivnice architect Eduard Burian. Burian had great drawing talent, and therefore it is no wonder that he illustrated the first book when he was fifteen. Since 1937, he illustrated great scientific and literary works such as the "The Mammoth Hunters", "The Prehistoric Wonders", "The Depths of Prehistory" and others. Burian also excelled in drawings of a whole series of school paintings from palaeontology and human evolution from prehistory. We can say that every child in this country admired Burian's wonderful paintings in history classes.

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