The Kelenföld house can be renewed as a priority investment

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The reconstruction of the Kelenföld detached house building was classified as a priority investment by the government decree published on Tuesday evening in accordance with the plans prepared by the Transport Museum.

The law also stipulates the process of building permits, as well as the announcement of public works contracts, MTI said on Wednesday. Museum of Transport.
The newest exhibition space of the Transport Museum will be housed in the 137-year-old house of the Budapest-Kelenföld railway station, thus saving the building from destruction and restoring high-quality monuments, the announcement emphasizes.
The main attraction of the new museum exhibition space, which will be created with the complete renovation and expansion of the station building, will be a field table with a floor area of ​​several hundred square meters, as part of a railway history exhibition. The cultural offer will be colored by temporary exhibitions and museum pedagogical sessions.
A railway-themed playground will be set up around the building, outdoor cinema screenings will be held on the terrace, and the building will be complemented by a new terrace as a lookout point and trainspotter, as well as a bistro in the house. In front of the building, in the open air, there will be a steam locomotive almost the same age as the booth, the Transport Museum said.

The exhibition building of the Transport Museum will be the station building in Kelenföld
Photo: MTI / László Róka

As the announcement reminds us, the Kelenföld boathouse, built in 1884, is one of the oldest station buildings in the country, which until recently fulfilled this role. However, due to the underpass built as part of the Metro 4 project, it has completely lost its function in recent years, the MÁV fund has moved out of it and its condition has deteriorated further, so it is feared that it will be demolished in time near the otherwise dynamically developing Etele Square.
“The government approved the concept of the Transport Museum a year ago to save the building. As one of the busiest railway stations in the country, Kelenföld is an excellent place for the exhibition to present the 175-year history of the relationship between Budapest and the railway and the challenges and opportunities ahead, ”quotes Dávid Vitézy, Director General of the institution.
The Museum of Transport has commissioned the Architect’s Studio to prepare architectural plans, which, in addition to respecting the monumental character and character of the original building, will also supplement it with contemporary elements corresponding to the new functions.
As reported, the design of the exhibition content has been started by the Museum of Transport, and the details will be worked out in the coming months. The Kelenföld railway station, as an urban and railway space, will certainly play a decisive role in the theme, where the Museum intends to present not only the historical role, past, present and future of the railway, but also the memories and stories related to the location.
Therefore, the Museum of Transport is looking forward to old postcards, photographs, other memorabilia and stories related to the Kelenföld booth, as well as suggestions for the programs of the future exhibition space.
The announcement recalls that in the autumn of 2019, Minister Gergely Gulyás, Head of the Prime Minister’s Office, and Tamás Hoffmann, then Mayor of the 11th District, announced that the Transport Museum could save the station building.
Following the agreement reached at that time, in 2020 the Prime Minister’s Office supported the planning and preparation of the investment with HUF 100 million, and the Municipality of Újbuda – keeping the promise made by the previous district management – with HUF 20 million. The completed plans won the support of the local government, after the museum presented the concept to Mayor Imre László. István Simicskó, the member of the district parliament, also provided support for the rescue of the Kelenföld house and the completed plans.
In addition to content development, the next task is to announce the building permit and the construction procurement, the museum said in a statement.

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