Who is Carl after whom we named one of our apartments?

Carl Seidl (1858 – 1936) is Austrian architect whose most important and remarkable works are related to Opatija Riviera where he designed numerous villas, pensions and public buildings, mostly in the first decade of the 20th century.

He arrived for the first time on Opatija Riviera in 1885 and for the next 30 years, till the I World War he designed around 30 buildings. Some of his most important works in Opatija are evangelical church, fire station, courthouse and city hall while in Lovran he designed villas along the promenade „lungomare“.

His villas typological correspond to Tuscan Renaissance and English models of the 19th century. He received several awards among which is gold medal at an exhibition in Vienna in 1914 for the project of Villa Frappart in Lovran.

Villa Frappart was built in 1905 as a family summer house for a solicitor from Wienna dr. Frappart. It was the first structure built to the north of Lovran`s harbour i.e. on the terrain which touristic society "Qvarnero" purchased with the purpose of touristic exploatation.  The villa has a playful ground plan (long access portico, garden portico, terraces), with magnificent architectural modelling, the choice of decorative details and precious materials.

Due to his great legacy that he left on Opatija Riviera, in 1908 he was elected an honorary citizen of the then municipality Volosko.

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