Type: Historical, National Treasure
The Red Cross building is located on the eastern end of Kranjčevićeva St., and its main southern entrance goes nicely with the other structures on Maršala Tita Street.
Built in 1928 as part of a project by architect Helen Baldasar, it was erected as a modern structure in Sarajevo during the interwar period. This project was special because it’s the only object of this kind to have been built in BiH.
It was erected as part of the “actions” that saw the construction of facilities for the Society of the Red Cross all over the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, and this building was built on land bequeathed to Centar Municipality by Kjana Hanuma Fadilpašić Sulejmanpašić, and with funds provided by the main board of the Red Cross in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in Belgrade, with some of the donations coming from citizens themselves.
Up until the beginning of WWII, there was a public kitchen and movie theater next to the space used by the Drinska-Banovina Board of the Red Cross.
During the war it became the seat of the Parish Board of the Croatian Red Cross, which was based in Zagreb. The facility also had an urgent care center, which had started working in Sarajevo during those years.
After WWII, and up until the 1960s, health-related and public service films were shown in the movie theater, the basement still housed the public bath, and the upstairs was used as office space for the Red Cross and as a public kitchen.
While the public bath and kitchen facilities were closed in the 1960s, the Red Cross remained on the other level, and the ground floor was rented out to lawyers for office space, as well as to Triglav Cafe Bar and Forum (a film production company that opened Sutjeska Cinema in the building’s movie hall).
The building was shelled and totally engulfed in flames on May 12, 1992, and it was renovated in 2018.
This historical structure was made a National Monument of BiH in 2009.