On 10th of December, the Civil Registry Office was officially opened in the newly restored Goldstein Palace located at 12A Wolności Square. The Office was moved from Korfantego Avenue. The previous seat is planned to be demolished and the plot will be sold to a private investor within the framework of the Roundabout – Market Square redevelopment.
The two-storey Palace was raised in 1870s by two brothers, Abraham and Joseph Goldstein. When they had left Katowice, the building was occupied by several institutions, i.e. the local Chamber of Commerce. The neo-reneissance mansion refers to an Italian style. The renovation included two front elevations (corner building), a garden elevation with the adjoining terrace and balcony of four abutments and five-storey tower in the corner. In accordance with the original decorations, the interiors were richly renovated with the stucco work and polychromy, one of the fashionable interiors was covered with the coffer ceiling and faced with the richly gilded cordovan.
The Palace is also designed for solemn meetings of the City Council and as a seat of Camerata Silesia, the Katowice City Singers’ Ensemble. The City Hall of Katowice, the owner of the building, spent over PLN 17 million for the restoration.