Due to the decision of the Board of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship of 20 April 2009, the project under the name "Restoration of historic objects of the merchant club and of the bowling alley in Żyrardów and their conversion for cultural-artistic purposes" filed by the Commune of Żyrardów,  was put on the list of the applications anticipated to funding partially as a part of the VI Priority, Action 6.1 of the Regional Operating Program for Mazowieckie Voivodeship.

 

On the 24th February 2010, The Marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship, Adam Struzik, Vice-marshal Stefan Kotlewski and the Mayor of the Town of Żyrardów Andrzej Wilk signed the agreement concerning funding the project partially.

The subject of the project was the Restoration of the historic objects of the merchant club and of the bowling alley in Żyrardów and their conversion for cultural-artistic purposes through the renovation,  modernization and conversion of the two historic buildings of the merchant club and the bowling alley along with the closest surroundings.  In the restored merchant club are: representative auditorium - theatrical room,  rehearsal theatrical-dance room, small club rooms, the rooms of the Centre of the Cultural Information.  In the building of the bowling alley, there is the permanent exhibition concerning the history of Żyrardów, which was arranged by the Museum of Western Masovia in Żyrardów - a partner of the project.  It is in the modernised objects that the professional systems of detecting and signalling the fire and the alarm system were applied.  Additionally, the project embraced developing the area, on which the merchant club and the bowling alley are located.  The area was organised, parking spaces were created, the surface was hardened, the green belts with elements of the street furniture  were organised as well as the area was partly enclosed.  All the things determine the charm of this exceptional place and cause that it attracts visitors in a special way.  The restoration of the merchant club and the bowling alley contributed to the reinstatement of the original functions that is cultural - artistic ones and to the formation of the region of a community centre unique for the scale of the region, which affects increasing the participation of residents in the cultural life, increasing and the improvement of the quality of the cultural offer and raising tourist and investment attraction of region.  The  merchant club is the cultural centre of Żyrardów, and at the same time, the greatest investment project in our town.

The memory about the cultural heritage shapes the national identity.  Therefore bringing closer and presenting its wealth is so significant.  Without the knowledge of the past - in its diverse manifestations - it is hard to build the future.

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