The classic Sierakowski Court, next to the Spanish Court, is one of the oldest listed buildings in Sopot.The building has played one of the most active roles in the cultural life of the town.
Since 1974, as home to the Friends of Sopot Association, the building has played one of the most active roles in the cultural life of the town.
The walls are used to exhibit modern art and around 15 exhibitions are held here per year. Modern artists displayed here include: Józef Czapski, Andrzej Dudziński i Marek Raczkowski.
Every Thursday at 18.00 there are music concerts performed by Polish students as well as musicians from abroad. Admission free.
Book readings and meetings are held here too. Roland Topor, the French writer and artist, has visited, as well as Polish authors such as: Wojciech Wencel, Olga Tokarczuk, Jerzy Pilch i Andrzej Stasiuk.
There is also a cafe, U Hrabiego, which serves home-made cake, tea, coffee, drinks and beer. It's a cosy no-smoking place open daily from 10-22. Fridays and Saturdays open late.
History of Sierakowski Court
1714 - a summer house belonging to Anrdzej Borkmann, then major of Gdansk, owner of a Sopot court known as the French Court.
1738 - Gotfried Dehn takes control of the court, as well as three other Sopot courts ruined during the war of succession in 1733
1761 - Captain Mateusz Szawelski, mayor of Oliwa, buys the court and sells it to Jan Joachim Deptowski
1782 - Karol Burski becomes the next owner
1797 - Court counsellor Ficht buys the property, dies and eventually the court goes into the owner ship of Count Sierakowski, senator of the Polish kingdom. He rebuilt the court, giving it its present shape. In 1805 he gave the court to his wife as a present.
1814 - The Sierakowskis sell the court to a Gdansk owner: Daniel Gotthelf Frantzius
1904 - Friedrich Otto of Berlin buys the court as a summer home and sells off the gardens as building plots.
1923 - the last private owners of the court are Gertrud and Fryderyk Kries, also from Berlin.
1945 - the town takes over the court for residential purposes.
From 1974 - the court is home to the Sopot Friends Association