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9.1.2024 | Culture

A fascinating tour of an iconic building in Tallinn

Text Susanna Poikela
Photo Estonian Architecture Museum

A fascinating tour of an iconic building in TallinnView of the former Tallinn Mutual Credit Union or Credit Bank building. Architect Eliel Saarinen, EAM Fk 1258, Estonian Museum of Architecture.

 

Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen (1873–1950) started working as an architect at the turn of the last century and founded a joint office with Armas Lindgren and Herman Gesellius. He was a prolific international architect who lived and worked in the United States. However, his works can also be found in Estonia. In addition to the three Tallinn houses, Saarinen designed the Estonian capital’s first general plan called Suur-Tallinn in 1913.

Saarinen’s most famous work in Estonia is the former Krediit bank building located in the centre of Tallinn on Pärnu mnt, which was completed in 1912. The building was one of the most modern in the city when it was completed in terms of shape and technical solutions. The building is also known for its large courtyard, which is a real hidden gem in the middle of the city.

The building has been an important part of Estonia’s cultural history. Gustav Pihlak’s bookstore was among the first tenants, and books have been sold in the building to this day. The building was known from the end of the 1930s and during the Soviet era as a home of publishing houses.

During the building tour which is organised by the Estonian Architecture Museum, you will get to know the affectionately known Saarinen House both inside and out, and visit the offices located inside.

The next Saarinen House tour will take place on January 31 at 4 pm. Tickets for the tour (in Estonia), which also includes entry to exhibitions of the Estonian Museum of Architecture, can be purchased at Fienta.

 

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