National cultural monument: Memorial house of J. C. Hronský. The building is open to the public.
The house is closely associated with the last years of JozefCígerHronský ‘s stay in Slovakia. He had lived there with his wife Valeria and son Juraj from 1939 to 1945. They decided to emigrate at the end of World War II. After the war, the house was used for various purposes. There was a nursery for a very long time; after 1989, it housed the Cultural Centre of the town of Martin where, besides other events, exhibitions of amateur artists were held. After 2000, the town of Martin leased the building to MaticaSlovenská. The building was reconstructed and modernized, and the exhibition spaces were expanded by converting the attic. There is now a permanent exhibition reflecting the life and work of J. C. Hronský. In addition to photographs and photo documents, some personal belongings of the writer and his wife are exhibited. The “mirror box” with Jaroslav Vodrážka’s illustrations of Hronský’s fairy tales is an attraction for children. The building is a seat of the Compatriots Museum of MaticaSlovenská.
Hronský was a gifted artist and he designed his house himself. It was built on a new street with a large orchard behind it. The orchard has since been reduced to about half its original size. The house offered a high standard of comfort which met the requirements of a well-situated family of the time. In addition to the rooms used by the Hronský family, there was also a small room for the maid. There is a large hall, which is the central area of the house. In the hall, there is a staircase to the first floor and an entrance to the loggia, from which the garden is accessible. The decorative wooden staircase railing is probably original. The exterior of the building is actually very simple and is only interesting thanks to the irregular floor plan of the building. A memorial plaque is placed on the facade.
JozefCíger-Hronský (1896 – 1960) writer, manager of MaticaSlovenská, artist
He graduated from a teaching college and worked as a teacher for almost 20 years until he became the secretary of MaticaSlovenská in Martin in 1933. In 1940, he became its manager. At the end of the war, he and his family emigrated to Austria and Italy where they spent some time. From 1948, the family lived in Argentina, where Hronský also died. As a writer, he made a mark in the history of Slovak literature. He contributed to the development of MaticaSlovenská and the establishment of Neografia, a modern printing house.