Prague City Council has agreed to rent the building at 69/3 Kanovnická Street in Hradčany, known as the Pages’ House, to the Museum of 20th Century Memory. The museum will focus on the history of totalitarian regimes. The rental agreement is for an indefinite period, with the monthly rent set at 128,000 crowns.
“My long-term goal is to utilize and rent city-owned assets meaningfully, especially those with a historic value and located in key areas. I am happy that the Pages’ House will house the Museum of 20th Century Memory. The building has long been vacant and plans for its potential commercial use have not proved feasible. From the perspective of both asset management and purpose, this is an optimal solution for the city. I firmly believe that the Pages’ House will become a place that will energize the neighborhood and that the formerly abandoned building is getting the right tenant,” says City Councilor Jan Chabr who is responsible for the municipal assets management.
The museum aims to preserve the memory of key events connected with the establishment, existence and eventual fall of totalitarian regimes in Czechoslovakia, to remember those who opposed the totalitarian regimes or became their victims, and to help understand the principles of authoritarian models of government.
Prague authorities believe that the Pages’ House can be adapted for the museum’s exhibition, an archive, and educational activities in a relatively short time and at a low cost. The option to house the Museum of 20th Century Memory at the Strahov Stadium has proved unrealistic for the coming years due the bad technical condition of the facility.