Vila Ružička, Dobrna, Slovenia
Locals call it a House of Ghosts now. It was built in 1876 by count Aichelburg who was a mayor between 1864 and 1867 and changed couple of owners. The last one was a manufacturer Leon Ružička, Romanian emigrant Jew, also passionate numismatists and archaeologist, who bought it in 1913. His family has lived there until second world war. After Nacis confiscated what was worth of taking from the inside, this charming building became a shelter for war orphans and later school for children with special needs. After 1961 it was a residential house.
Now it is too late for any kind of renovation. It is totally ruined and it should be pulled down. Only walls left – and rubbish. People use it for a rubbish dump. It is not safe going inside cause everything is falling apart.
I was fascinated with it. It must have been a gorgeous house once. Unfortunately, this is a story of too many old buildings in Slovenia which end like this one. Abandoned.