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KAUNAS WAS AWARDED A EUROPEAN HERITAGE LABEL

The European Commission officially confirmed that Kaunas, famous for its unique modernist architecture of the interwar period, will be awarded the European Heritage Label.

The marked places or objects will be allowed to use the table with a European Heritage logo and they will be included into EU strategy for publicizing and promoting their existence, dedicated to European Heritage Label. Finally, winners will participate in the annual conference of the object managers, where they will be able to make contacts with colleagues and expand their knowledge.

European Heritage Label shooting team has visited Kaunas for the last two days. They captured the most important objects in the interwar period including Kaunas Garrison Officer's Club, Central Post Office, Christ's Resurrection Church, Vytautas the Great War Museum and so on. International group of experts during 2014 have valued 36 applications for the national level selected by the European Commission and the EU Member States that joined the European Heritage Label. After long deliberations, a report recommended European Commission to extend the label to 16 places and objects among them Kaunas City municipality.

Kaunas modernism was formed in the fourth decade of the last century, when the city was the temporary capital of Lithuania, Poland occupied Vilnius region. The town is a few tens of exceptional examples of modernist architecture. The first Lithuanian modernist buildings of the Central Post Office, built in 1930-1931. The Architecture and Urbanism Research Centre says the European interwar modernism ideas were brought to Lithuania by several Lithuanian architects who studied abroad. In Lithuania, modernistic architecture developed into its own specific form and is therefore called the Kaunas school of architecture.

The marked places or objects will be allowed to use the table with a European Heritage logo and they will be included into EU strategy for publicizing and promoting their existence, dedicated to European Heritage Label. Finally, winners will participate in the annual conference of the object managers, where they will be able to make contacts with colleagues and expand their knowledge.

Cultural Heritage object

Year of Construction

Architect

Address

Central Post Office

1931

Feliksas Vizbaras

Laisvės al. 102

Former office of Pažanga company

1931–1934

Feliksas Vizbaras

Laisvės al. 53

Former headquarter of milk processing company Pienocentras

1931–1934

Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis

Laisvės al. 55 / S. Daukanto g. 18

Kaunas County Police Headquarters (former County government)

1932–1933

Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis

Laisvės al. 14 / Vytauto pr. 91

KTU Faculty of Chemical Technology (former Military Research Laboratory)

1933–1937

Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis

Radvilėnų pl. 19

Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Trades

1937–1938

Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis

K. Donelaičio g. 8

Lithuanian Sports University (former Physical Education Building)

1933–1934

Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis

Sporto g. 6

Sports Hall

1938–1939

Anatolijus Rozenbliumas

Perkūno al. 5

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Main building (former VMU Medical faculty)

1931–1933

Vladimiras Dubeneckis

A. Mickevičiaus g. 9

Garrison Officers’ Club

1931–1937

Stasys Kudokas, Elmar Lohk, Herbert Johanson, Vladimiras Dubeneckis, Jonas Kriščiukaitis, Kazys Kriščiukaitis, Mykolas Songaila, Jonas Kova-Kovalskis

A. Mickevičiaus g. 19

Vytautas the Great War Museum and M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art

1929–1936

Vladimiras Dubeneckis, Karolis Reisonas, Kazimieras Kriščiukaitis

K. Donelaičio g. 64 / V. Putvinskio g. 55

Kaunas City Municipality (former Savings Bank)

1938–1940

Arnas Funkas, Bronius Elsbergas

Laisvės al. 96 / L. Sapiegos g. 2

Žaliakalnis funicular

1931–1933

-

Aušros g. 6

Aleksotas funicular

1935

-

Amerikos lietuvių g. 6

KTU Central building (former Agriculture bank)

1933–1935

Karolis Reisonas,

K. Donelaičio g. 73 / Vienybės a.

Christ's Resurrection Basilica

1933–1940

Karolis Reisonas

Žemaičių g. 31

Kaunas Sacred Heart of Jesus (Šančiai) Church

1938

Algirdas Šalkauskis, Adolfas Netyksa, Pranas Markūnas

A. Juozapavičiaus pr. 60

Jonas Jablonskis Gymnasium (former Elementary School)

1930–1931

Antanas Jokimas

Aušros g. 3 / Žemaičių g. 

KTU Vaižgantas Progymnasium (former Šančiai gymnasium)

1938

Stasys Kudokas

Skuodo g. 27 / Servitutų g. 72

Romuva Cinema

1938–1940

Nikolajus Mačiulskis

Laisvės al. 54

Former Pasaka Cinema

1939–1940

Jokūbas Rabinavičius, Juozas Segalauskas, M. Laurinavičiūtė

Savanorių pr. 124

Residential house Maironio g. 13

1930–1931

Vytautas Landsbergis - Žemkalnis

 Maironio g. 13

Former Beras Goldbergas residential house

1937

Volfas Brūnas

V. Putvinskio g. 52

Former doctor Nadiežda Nagornienė residential house

1934

Adolfas Netyksa

V. Putvinskio g. 54

Former Vatican’s nunciature

1931

Vytautas Landsbergis - Žemkalnis

V. Putvinskio g. 56

Former lawyer’s Kazimieras Škėma house

1932–1933

Bronius Elsbergas, Klaudijus Duš-Dušauskas

V. Putvinskio g. 60

Former Dr. Antanas Gylys private hospital

1933

Leonas Ritas

V. Putvinskio g. 62

Former artist A. Žmuidzinavičius’ residential house

1928

Vytautas Landsbergis - Žemkalnis

V. Putvinskio g. 64

Former Mayor’s Jonas Vileišis house

1930

Aleksandras Gordevičius

V. Putvinskio g. 68

Former engineer’s Antanas Gravrogkas residential house

1932

Edmundas Frykas

V. Putvinskio g. 70

Former Vincas and Ona Tercijonai residential house

1936

Bronius Elsbergas

V. Putvinskio g. 72

Residential house Laisvės al. 3

1933

Stasys Kudokas

Laisvės al. 3

Architect Stasys Kudokas residential house – villa

1937

Stasys Kudokas

V. Mykolaičio-Putino g. 11

Gyvenamasis namas Vaidilutės g. 3

1938

Stasys Kudokas

Vaidilutės g. 3

Kaunas Art Gymnasium (former Minister Juozas Tūbelis villa)

1933

Feliksas Vizbaras

Dainavos g. 1

Former residential house

1932

Feliksas Vizbaras

Kęstučio g. 38

Former Mikas Grodzenskis’ residential house

1929

Edmundas Frykas, Mikas Grodzenskis

K. Donelaičio g. 17

Former Aleksandra Iljinienė residential house

1933

Arnas Funkas

K. Donelaičio g. 19

Residential house Laisvės al. 69

1929–1930

-

 Laisvės al. 69

Residential house L. Sapiegos g. 4

1935

Leiba Zimanas, Isaokas Trakmanas

L. Sapiegos g. 4

Residential house Vydūno al. 59

1934

Vladimiras Kopylovas

Vydūno al. 59

Residential house Vytauto pr. 30

1930–1931

Vladimiras Dubeneckis

Vytauto pr. 30

Former Butas cooperative

1931–1932

Jonas Kriščiukaitis

Trakų g. 5

Former Tulpė cooperative

1925–1926

Antanas Macijauskas

A. Mickevičiaus g. 15

           

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