K. Scheibler's industrial empire
Karol Wilhelm Scheibler is considered one of the most important figures in the history of Lodz. Originating from Rhineland, this factory owner built the largest factory empire not only in the city but in the entire Kingdom of Poland. Scheibler began from the land plot at the Water Square (current Plac Zwycięstwa) where he built his first factory complex, “Centrala”, and his palace. This place is the beginning of his great territorial expansion which, in its peak period, included the area from Przędzalniana Street until Piotrkowska. Karol Scheibler was one the first industrialists who, apart from financial gains, cared for the living conditions of his workers. Thanks to him, Księży Młyn was built, which was the largest workers’ settlement in Lodz, a “city inside a city” including hospitals, fire station, a later also a power plant, gasworks and churches of different denominations. Next to it, the Herbst Palace, which belonged to the factory owner’s son-in-law and consequent manager of the complex, was built. The plants, which in the 1920’s were combined with the neighboring factory of the Grohman family, remained in the hands of the family up to the beginning of World War II. After 1945, they operated as the Defenders of Peace Cotton Industry Plant “Uniontex”.
Currently the buildings that used to belong to Scheibler’s empire have different functions. The factory owner’s palace houses the Museum of Cinematography, whereas the revitalized buildings of the former weaving mill were converted into Loft Aparts lofts and others are restaurants and apartments. The workers’ settlement is being subjected to renovation works, but it still has a residential function.
Herbst Palace Museum
Księży Młyn Tourist Center
Rastaurant Księży Młyn
Rastaurant Cesky Film