HISTORY OF THE FACILITY
Hotel “Lavica” building as the surrounding buildings, including todays Samobor Museum, was built in several stages.They were built on the property of noble Kralića. For the first time estate appears on the map of Samobor in 1764 made by Peter Anthony Praunsperger. At the end of 18th century the estate buys Royal Advisor Tisztpataky and continues to build a new comfortable castle. After the death of Tisztpataky in 1809th by his last will he leaves the entire estate to his nephew, violinist, pianist, composer and leader of the Illyrian movement, the Croatian National Revival, Ferdi Wiesner Livadić.
Ferdo Livadić spent the next 56 years onthe estate and was the host of all the prominent people of that time and the leaders of the Illyrian movement.
Surrounding buildings were used as barns, cellars, gazebo, storage for wagons and coaches, workshop for wheelwright, blacksmith and apartment for servants and maids.
Building today’s hotel “Lavica”, was stable with hay barn.
In the mid 19th century the building was adapted and inside was placed pharmacy of Milan Livadić, son of Ferde Livadić, later Franje Švarca i Marka Cesarca. In the same building
was the hall and reading room called DVORANA, as well as a few rooms in the front wing on the first floor of the building, where stayed the guests (known Illyrians: Ljudevit Gaj, Stanko Vraz , Peter Preradović and others) when they came to visit family Livadić or in Samobor.
Late 19th century Samobor pharmacist Mirko Klešić and dr. Juratović governing Hydropatic bathing place with spa and the owner of the estate opens hotel and restaurant (“Pension”) for accommodation of summer guests.Hotel had 17 rooms, dining room, reading room, smoking room, entertainment room and kitchen where they alredy prepare vegetarian meals, pastry shop, where you could buy ice cream, cakes, milk,kefir and so-called “šnenokle”.
In the early years of the 20th century (1904) hotel and restaurant purchases svratištar Dattler, supplementing the hotel offer, and opens a ballroom. Since then “Lavica” becomes, in social life and tourism in Samobor an increasing factor. They organized numerous parties of Samobor societies, dance wreaths, Carnival balls, redute, concerts, theater performances, lectures, literary evenings, cinema shows.In the summer of 1904, the hotel hosted over 1000 home and foreign bathing guests. In 1904 the hotel starts tourist paper called LJETOVALIŠNI VJESNIK SAMOBORA, and later is published in Samobor news paper where it brings monthly reports of guests who have visited the hotel.
Early 1918 hotel (“Pension”) with a cinema was bought by a joint stock company “HERMES” from Zareb. New hotel manager is Dragutin Freunderich (also known as theater artist), who renewed and modernized hotel and had build a new bridge over Gradne with roof and balconies, and changed the hotel’s name to LAVICA.
HISTORY OF THE NAME LAVICA
President of joint stock company “hermes” was dr. Vladimir Matić. When dr. Matic with his wife and daughter Leonarda, drove from Zagreb on 10th of July 1918 to approve the construction works and equipment in the restaurant and hotel, across the new bridge to meet them came Dragutin Freungerich, he warmly greeted them by saying that adaptation of the hotel was completed and that the hotel can be seen and put into service. Then Matić showed him a big sign “LAVICA HOTEL” (Lioness hotel) made of wrought iron high on the facade of the building (that even today stands so), and said: “I hope you will not get angry that I named hotel and restoruant by your dear doughter Lavica”.
From twenties of the 20th century stock company Hermes and hotel “Lavica” managed Kazimir Kopas, which is known because it has supplemented the gastronomic specialties.
In advertisements he recommends home made ham, soups, roasts, salads,stews, fresh hot dogs, homemade garlic sausage,roast ribs, variety of cakes (gibanica Lavica and the so-called “šnenokle”) and from the drinks fine wines, black double malt beer, etc.
Since the thirties to the end of the Second World War Lavica was the meeting place for motorists, excursionists and hikers. After the end of the Second World War came crisis period for the hotel, Lavica has become social property and managed more or less successfully. Sixties of the 20th century hotel and restaurant are part of HUP Risnjak from Zagreb. In 1966 company starts reconstruction and has build new wing of restourant, adaptation lasted until in 1973. HUP Risnjak is neglecting Lavica so the hotel operates in very difficult conditions so the workers themselves demand that hotel operates as a separate organization of associated labor -OOUR. Then workers struggled to restore the old building reputation, which has been lost in mismanagement,and in whichthey partially succeeded. Back then “Lavica” had 24 beds. In 1983. “Lavica” is again part of the new company HURO Zagreb, who rented 10 rooms at the hotel as a office spaces, hotel was agin renovated and in the fall od 1984 has 50 beds, restaurant for 80 guests and the big restaurant hall was transformed into a discotheque.
From 1990 onwards in a hotel is not invested due to unresolved ownership relations as well as the start of the war in Croatia. From 1990 till 1994 in hotel are located refugee families and with theri departure hotel goes under company INGAP d.o.o. Samobor and the hotel closes. In 2001 company AUTOTURIST SAMOBOR d.o.o. buys “Lavica” and I returns to the hotel old glow. Company renews the hotel – rooms, reception, kitchen, big hall, restaurant, facade, roof, parking lot, installation, etc. In the first stage of renovation the hotel had 22 rooms with 45 beds. Today the hotel has 34 rooms with 74 beds. In the reconstruction have been complied all the existing legal requests so the hotel fulfill the conditions for four **** stars hotel but because of cultural monument and square footage of rooms the hotel has a category of 3 *** stars hotel. Hotel building is listed in the Register of cultural monuments and bears the zero category of historical value.