The history of the Dubniczay Palace

Forbat Alfred Kompozició

The Dubniczay Palace was built by Canon István Dubniczay in 1751. The building, located in the centre of the castle district, opposite the Bishop’s Palace, is one of the most beautiful buildings of Veszprém.

In the course of its history, the palace was rebuilt several times, consequently it displays the characteristic features of several building periods. Castle walls showing signs of rebuilding were discovered in the plot of the Dubniczay House, among them a thick, external wall belonging to the rondella, which dates back to approximately 1500. To some extent, these determined the later design of the baroque palace.

In the middle of the 18th century, on the orders of the bishop, a one-tract single-floor house with an asymmetrical “U” layout was built by Canon István Dubniczay. The “U” shape was closed in the middle of the 19th century with a neoclassical wing facing the valley, temporarily creating a frame-shaped building. The original form of the western wing was restored in the early 20th century, when the yard was opened up to the panorama.

Kupka Kompozició

During the reconstruction, well-preserved, sophisticated decorative paintings were discovered. Based on these, it can be ascertained that, in the first painting period, the walls were white-washed and the ornamental painting was made on the orders of an unidentified successor of Canon Dubniczay. Each room is painted differently, among them one can find a brocade wallpaper imitation, another one is decorated with mirrors with marble footing, and yet another one with a striped painting. The walls of the room in the middle are decorated with exotic landscapes (palm trees, sedges, lilies) and birds, which were very fashionable in the second half of the 18th century.

From 1983 to the year 2005, when the reconstruction started, the building accommodated the Castle Gallery, maintained by the “Művészetek Háza” (Arthouse of Veszprém), which provided facilities for the introduction of several outstanding Hungarian and international artists.

Currently, the Palace houses two museums: the Carl Laszlo Collection can be found upstairs, in the heightening of the north wing and in the loft. The Castle Gallery hosts temporary exhibitions.

The Tegularium, the brick collection of the Hungarian Construction Industry Museum is located on the southern side, by the room originally used as a barn. The exhibition rooms of the Tegularium can be found in the cellar extending from the street front of the main building to the castle wall, in the barn and in the new reception building.

The Reconstruction

Moholy-Nagy Kompozició

The reconstruction of the Dubniczay Palace started in 1997. This was when the Municipality of Veszprém Town of County Rank called for a design competition for the full reconstruction of the building.

The designers of the winning application, Tamás Karácsony, Orsolya Kern and Péter Klobusovszki were commissioned to prepare the plan. According to the original call for applications, after reconstruction, the “Europe House” of Veszprém, the Castle Gallery and the brick collection of the Hungarian Construction Industry Museum were to have been housed in the Palace.

Later the plans were modified several times, the idea of establishing the “Europe House” was discarded and the date of reconstruction was also postponed. It was decided in 2002 that, after reconstruction, the Dubniczay Palace would accommodate the permanent exhibition displaying close to two hundred pieces of Carl Laszlo’s art collection. The reconstruction of the palace was launched in spring 2005 and completed in the summer of 2006. The investment, co-financed by the European Union, was implemented within the frame of the Europe Plan, as a project of the Operative Program for Regional Development. The full cost of the reconstruction and the organisation of the exhibition was HUF736 million, out of which HUF718 million was a non-returnable subsidy from the European Union.

The project was prepared and executed by:
Mayor’s Office: István Asztalos, György Józan, Ibolya N. Jakab, László Németh, Attila Sarkady, dr. Balázs Temesvári
Arthouse: Ferenc Fenyvesi, László Hegyeshalmi
Tourinform Office: Katalin Lőrincz

We would like to say thank you for the participation of KDRFÜ, VÁTI, The Department of Tourism of Pannon University and the bureaus of the Mayor’s Office of Veszprém

Lány kék háttérrel

Date of planning:
1997: national conception plan
1998: 1st licensing plan
2002: 2nd licensing plan
2003–2006: 3rd licensing plan, implementation plan, interior design plan
Date of construction:
April 2005 – August 2006
Contractor: Municipality of Veszprém
General designer: Karácsony Építész Iroda Kft.
Architect, interior designer: Tamás Karácsony
DLA, Orsolya Kern, Péter Klobusovszki
Archeology: Alán Kralovánszky, Pál Rainer
Senior restorer: Ildikó Jeszeniczky
Implementation: Vemévszer Építő- és Szerelőipari Kft.
Consultant for archaeology of buildings: Judit Lászay