Pomerania is a specific terrain both due to its location and the fact that after the second world war only a part of this region was incorporated into the Polish state. Wartime incurred enormous and frequently irreversible damage to historical architecture; this is the reason why old iconography and the search for even the minutest details of the activity of the past inhabitants make it possible to understand not only the history of Pomerania but also the preserved architectural-town planning realisations. Important initiatives include an analysis of the cadastral plan and projects for rebuilding the town of Dobrzany, devised in 1871 by the eminent German constructor David Gilly. The article discusses his work in Dobrzany, the new town-planning premises, house designs and extant examples of realisations. The author also included an abbreviated biography of David Gilly, recognising as particularly significant his projects for that part of historical Pomerania which today lies within Polish frontiers.