Vul. Fedkovycha, 30-32 – Lokomotyv railway workers sports club
Constructed in 1908 by Józef Piątkowski, the building belonged to the Sokil-2 sports society until 1937. In 1940 it became the headquaters of Lokomotyv sports society. With the establishment of the Soviet regime in Lviv the society was revived and expanded. To fit the new demands of the 1950s, a new building was added to the older structure. Currently both buildings are used by the Lokomotyv railway workers sports club.
The Sokil Gymnastic Society was founded in Lviv in 1867. By 1884 it had started to establish its affiliate clubs, so-called “nests” (Michalski 1998, 460). One ‘nest’ was opened in the industrial area of the Lviv suburb of Horodotsky. In 1894 the Sokil Society held a large gathering where 59 members gathered including the Horodotsky “nest”. In 1903, it joined the Sokil football association (Szumowski, 1909). Within four years the Horodotsky club leadership had founded its own community and invited architect Józef Piątkowski to work with them on a building plan. The project was completed in 1908 – the date carved above the building entrance (ДАЛО 2/3/44:1–5). From that point until 1939 the building was owned by Sokil-2. The society’s most successful squad was its football team. In 1921, the Sokil-2 team joined the Lviv regional football association, competing in its First Division between 1931-38. Among the prominent team members were Karlo Malinka, Władysław Wróbel, the Sawaryn brothers(Piłka nożna, 1996, 48–50, 69).
With the Soviet regime in place in 1940 sports societies were formed and the Sokil-2 building was given to the Lokomotyv railroad union sports society (Bryl, 1982, 300). Following the Second World War, the Society revived its activity and at the beginning of 1950s expanded its facilities adding a new east wing. The Society offered boxing, greco-roman wrestling, cycle racing, fencing, and football. Society members included weightlifter Adam Hnativ, boxer Yuri Tkhorovsky, cyclist Lubov Kharkhai, and wrestler Semen Basov, all who achieved significant athletic successes.
Lokomotyv members continue to win awards. The weightlifter Ihor Shymechko participated in two Olympic Games –2008 in Beijing and 2012 in London. Iryna Orobets became the European and World Weightlifting Champion. Myroslav Shalapsky won the World Kettlebell Championship, and Yana Zamyatova won the bronze medal at the European Championships. The sport club includes a specialized Junior Olympic and comprehensive Junior Olympic Schools. The schools specialize in weightlifting, cycle racing, greco-roman wrestling, fencing, and ice hockey. The Lokomotyv Society facilities also house the Buzuviry sports club.
The 3-story “r-shaped” home of the former Sokil-2 athletic association faces south and west. The main drive-in entrance is built into the building’s rectangular south façade which features bay windows on the upper two stories. 1908 – the date of the structure’s completion – is carved above the entrance. A short lane on the west side turns into the yard, leading to the artificial turf field used for mini-football. The facades are decorated simply, with rusticated semicircular pilasters set in rusticated stone rows, with narrow windows and semicircular balconies. Taken together with its hipped roof, the building may be categorized as rationalist-style secession architecture. A later four-storey addition east of the original structure in the shape of a shortened rectangle (on the north end) appears to be only a two-storey structure because of its oversized windows. The northern and eastern facades are decorated with wide pilasters and the main entrance is accented with portal.
Gyms equipped for wrestling (first floor), wrestling, fencing, and physical training (second floor), and competitions (third floor) occupy the structures first three storeys. The fourth floor is used for service rooms. The building is characterized by a functionalist style.
Wladyslaw Wróbel –1930s Sokil-2 footballer
Adam Hnativ – weightlifter, world bantamweight record holder
Karlo Malinka – Sokil-2 footballer
Iryna Orobets – weightlifter, European and World Champion
Józef Piątkowski – architect of the 1907–1908Sokil-2 structure
Yuri Tkhorovki – boxer, twice USSR champion, champion of the USSR Spartakiada – a national USSR competition held a year prior to the Olympic Games
Lubov Kharkai – female cyclist, bronze medal world track-racing championship
Ihor Shymechko – weightlifter, participant at 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games
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