1780 Franciszek Ryx
Franciszek Ryx, the butler of Poland's last king Stanislaus Augustus Poniatowski, the latter's trusted man who - having permanent access to the monarch - had a great influence on state politics, presumably also on efforts focused on the Constitution of May the 3rd. In recognition of his merits, not only in the field of politics, around the year 1780 he is granted a plot on Żelazna (Iron) Street, named after the Iron Inn located on this street. On this plot Ryx starts an English garden and a vegetable garden that he derives profits from and builds a house with two back buildings. The remnants of those back buildings can be seen still today on the right-hand side of the main gate, and the ground floor of a building on the corner of Żelazna and Łucka Streets is an element of Ryx's house.
1882 - 1893 L.Norblin, Bracia Buch i T.Werner
The Buch factory, including the brand, is bought in 1882 by Ludwik Norblin and August Teodor Werner. They are brothers-in-law: Werner marries Albertyna Norblin, Ludwik's sister. Starting from 1893, this family business is called Joint Stock Company of Norblin Metal Factories, Buch Brothers and T.Werner. The factory is growing rapidly. It is run by the Norblin and Werner families until the end of the 2nd Republic of Poland. That period saw the construction of a foundry hall - the second building on the left-hand site past the gate, and a press and tube hall I, the last facility on the same side, with a characteristic tower. In that period the Norblin factory is most renowned for its plated ware, so called artificial silver, although the production profile is changed after World War I in favour of prefabrications (rods, pipes, wires, sheet metal).
The plot is inherited from Franciszek Ryx by his son, also Franciszek, who sells it. In the mid 19th century the plot passes into the hands of the next owner, Edward Luckfield, who builds the first plant on the site, called a factory house. Luckfield, in cooperation with Gustaw Henniger, starts to produce the so-called new silver. Then the property is bought by Agaton Buch and Karol Ludwik Mauss who continue production of metal ware, specialising in buttons and metal ornaments for uniforms ordered the army of the Russian Empire. The remnants of Edward Luckfield's factory house - buildings and halls on the right-hand side of the main road on the property (looking from the entrance) including the present auditorium of the Scena Prezentacje Theatre - have survived until today.
1982 Metal Rolling Mill "Warsaw"
In the postwar period the factory is revived as a state-owned establishment - the Metal Rolling Mill "Warsaw", solely producing metal prefabrications, including items ordered by the Polish People's Army. It was obvious already before the war that the factory would not be able to function in the city centre, therefore the then owners planned to move it to Głowno near Łódź by the end of the 1940s. Even so, the Rolling Mill within Norblin's walls operated until 1982 when it was moved to modern buildings in the northern part of Warsaw. The relocation of the factory was illustrated in Jacek Prosiński's film "The Last Shift".