Most of the apartment buildings in this street were constructed between 1908 and 1910 for the expanding middle classes (the dates are often beautifully sculpted high up on the walls). The prevailing artistic movement of the time was the so-called Secessionist or Art Nouveau style, and it's evident here in some of the exterior architectural detail, and often inside the buildings too. Under communism, families' living space and conditions were drastically restricted, and houses such as these became neglected and dilapidated. The fall of that system has meant freer movement of capital and many of these buildings, like the yellow one on the left - are being restored or developed.
Even in current economic conditions, new businesses are sprouting up in this area: cafes, interior design centres, saunas and sports shops, to name but a few. There's still a slightly run-down, 'bohemian' feel to this quarter, which one hopes will not be entirely lost with increasing investment and creeping gentrification from Vinohrady, just one street away.