12. stop

Gutenberg boulevard.  Walking under the protected plane-trees, along the main roads only single-storey houses with 6, 8 and 12 apartments are visible. In the urban development strategy of the estate not only the overall effect of the building’s structure, but the role of trees with different foliage was also taken into consideration in developing a certain urban image. The facades of the buildings can be discovered almost only in the “shade” of the trees.

At the point where these six streets intersect a retirement home is located: a renewed and expanded house which originally contained six apartments. The Community Association operated here between the two World Wars.

In Wekerle, there used to be a house with classical Art Nouveau motifs. Unfortunately, in the years of the socialist era these “superfluous” ornaments were systemically removed. Their reconstruction is now visible on the building of the Retirement home at 26 L. Mészáros Street, whereas traces of the original motifs can be found on the facade of the houses at number 16 on Hungária Street and number 39 on Zalaegerszeg Street.

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE : Walking further on Gutenberg Boulevard, today’s little market can be reached, which besides the traditional fruit and vegetable sale serves as a venue for baby clothing exchange, flea market and on Thursdays for the farmers` market.

How did these four-storey buildings get here?

In the original plans, another school building was supposed to be erected here; however, the plans were abandoned, because of the need for these types of houses in the 60s. Along the Nagykőrösi Street, in the place of the sand-lime brick factory, four-storey buildings were erected, which were also incongruent with the architectural style of the estate. The Piac (Market) Street suggesting the original venue of the market, today borders the building of the secondary grammar school built in the 60s. The construction works carried out in the 80s on the former horticultural area are probably the most successful since at least they follow the scales of the houses in Wekerle.