Warsaw: Warszawska Spóldzielnia Mieszkaniowa (WSM), 1939. 8vo. (18.5 x 13.5 cm). Original illustrated wrappers with two-color constructivist design to front cover; 131 pp., scattered illustrations throughout from photographs, tables, maps, and floor plans. Some extremely minor browning and wear to spine, overall excellent condition.
Housing cooperatives were first founded in the Polish territory at the end of the nineteenth century. They offered Polish people an option for self-management in the absence of a Polish state. Once the Polish state regained sovereignty, a new housing policy - the National Fund for Reconstruction - was created in 1919. Among its goals was housing reconstruction after the destruction of war. An accompanying law was passed in 1920 which authorized housing cooperatives in Poland and allowed them to get subsidies from the National Fund for Reconstruction, up to 95% of construction costs.
The WSM was the most famous housing cooperative created after the passing of the 1920 law. Founded in 1921 by Tadeusz Tolwinski, the founder of Polish town planning, and two militants from the Socialist Party, Stanislaw Szwalbe and Teodor Toeplitz. According to its statutes, the WSM wished to "provide and rent to its members convenient and affordable dwellings thanks to mutual help".
This volume comprises the 1938 annual report from the Warsaw Housing Association, which also published its own newspaper, "Zycie WSM". As of May 2022, OCLC does not locate any copies of this report in North America.
Book ID: 52026