Griff Art Center (Budapest) in the making... / 2016... 🚧✨
János Griffatong founder of Mátyás Mozi (movie theatre) in 1912-1913 left a great legacy.
The surrounding square (during Austrian times called Frühlingsfeld Platz), the neighbourhood itself used
to be a prestigious part of Budapest around 1900.
already by 1873. The new motivation to create a twin-capital with Wien (Vienna, in Hungarian Bécs) till 1896 was strong!
Achievements of 1896:
- first subway on the European continent (Line 1, known today as METRO 1), originally named Millennium Underground Railway!
(2nd after the London Underground)
- expo field (nowadays Városliget - the City Park)
- Caffe Houses
- Schools / highschools
- Trade centers
- a massive network of railway tracks across country
A decade later just before the outbreak of World War I (1914-1918) János Griffatong is riding the wave of modernisation in Hungary by running his motion picture theater!
Here a century may pass with the neighbourhood becoming one of the roughest parts of Budapest (drugs, gangs, prostitution, darkness everywhere up till 2003-2005)
till the Griff, the art center is taking shape by 2017. An open space inviting all, reflecting on many. Further news of the opening party planned to hit gossip channels by 2019!