On June 8, 2018, Terra Casa S.A. celebrated the grand opening of its Art Deco Wola building at 7 Siedmiogrodzka Street in Warsaw. The ceremony included the unveiling of a plaque of Sister Cities, commemorating the fact that the building was inspired by the idea of city sisterhood between Warsaw and Chicago. Warsaw was Chicago’s very first sister city, and the uninterrupted cooperation has lasted since 1960.
The ceremonial ribbon-cutting was performed jointly by Terra Casa CEO Artur Tłustochowski, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw Michał Olszewski, Iwona Węgrzyn-Bocheńska, President of the Warsaw Committee at Chicago Sister Cities International, Bogdan Pukszta, Executive Director of the Polish American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago, and Dariusz Kolasa, Technical Director of Strabag. The building was also consecrated by the Reverend Andrzej Kukła, priest of the Wola parish church.
The event was attended by a large number of distinguished guests, including representatives of business, culture as well as state and local authorities with Kornel Morawiecki, Senior Marshal of the Polish Parliament and Mariusz Haładyj, Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology.
During the ceremony, those in attendance had an opportunity to listen to the texts of special congratulatory letters from US Senator Richard J. Durbin, Governor of the Sate of Illinois Bruce Rauner, and Leroy Allala, Executive Director of Chicago Sister Cities International.
After the official part of the ceremony, guests participated in touring the building and viewing murals dedicated to sister cities and the building’s unique architectural features, testing the innovative, award-winning ultramodern technological solutions, as well as becoming familiar with details of the revitalization that was a part of the construction process.
Produced in the style of the 1920s, the unique atmosphere of the ceremony featured some of the guests dressed up in original stylizations and antique art déco cars providing rides around the Wola district. Later in the afternoon, guests enjoyed lunch and relaxed on the rooftop Art Deco terrace with a breathtaking view of the Warsaw business center and the Warsaw Spire in the accompaniment of a terrific saxophonist performance.