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Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FEATURES -

The Danc­ing House is lo­cated on the bank of the Vl­tava river, next to the build­ing where the late Pres­i­dent Va­clav Havel lived most of his life. It was built on a plot of land that ear­lier housed a 19th-cen­tury neo-Re­nais­sance build­ing that was de­stroyed in a World War II air bom­bard­ment. Havel is said to have been the first who ap­proached Czech-Croa­t­ian ar­chi­tect Vlado Milu­nic with a re­quest to make an ar­chi­tec­tural study of a pos­si­ble arts cen­ter. In 1992, the Dutch com­pany Na­tionale Ned­er­lan­den ac­quired the land with the aim of con­struc­tion an of­fice build­ing and Milu­nic ap­proached famed ar­chi­tect Frank Gehry to par­tic­i­pate. Their nine-story project

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