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Sights & Scenes of Estonia

Photo Focus: Houses of Estonia

by Kersti Hansen & Egle Sarapik, 23 July 2023

 

Vosu, Lääne-Virumaa, Estonia
Photo © Kersti Hansen

Ranna 3, Võsu alevik, Haljala vald, Lääne-Virumaa.

Second Estonian Republic period (1991-Present), built probably in 1995 in the summer resort of Võsu, most likely as a summer house.

A H Tammsaare tn 16, Pärnu, Pärnumaa, Estonia
Photo © Egle Sarapik

A H Tammsaare tn 16, Pärnu, Pärnumaa.

Soviet Union period (1940-1991), built in 1948 and currently (in 2023) serving as a hotel.

Eha tn 1, Pärnu, Pärnumaa, Estonia
Photo © Egle Sarapik

Eha tn 1, Pärnu, Pärnumaa.

Second Estonian Republic period (1991-Present), an apartment block, built in 1996.

Pargi 3, Kuressaare, Saaremaa, Estonia
Photo © Egle Sarapik

Pargi 3, Kuressaare, Saaremaa.

Second Estonian Republic period (1991-Present), although the building register states 1988.

Villa Ammende, Mere pst 7, Pärnu, Pärnumaa, Estonia
Photo © Egle Sarapik

Villa Ammende, Mere pst 7, Pärnu, Pärnumaa.

Russian Empire period (1710-1918), built by Hermann Leopold Ammende, Balto-Germanic magnate merchant who inherited Pärnu's first department store from his grandfather at the beginning of the twentieth century, so he built this opulent house in 1914-1915.

H Raudsepa 2, Elva, Tartumaa, Estonia
Photo © Kersti Hansen

H Raudsepa 2, Elva, Tartumaa.

Russian Empire period (1710-1918), built in 1912.

Valga mnt 15b, Elva, Tartumaa, Estonia
Photo © Kersti Hansen

Valga mnt 15b, Elva, Tartumaa.

Soviet Union period (1940-1991), built in the 1960s or 1970s.

Esplanaadi 5, Pärnu, Pärnumaa, Estonia
Photo © Egle Sarapik

Esplanaadi 5, Pärnu, Pärnumaa.

According to the building register, the house was first occupied in 1999, but has since undergone renovation and probably originates from or before the First Estonian Republic period (1918-1940).

Kalda tn 5, Pärnu, Pärnumaa, Estonia
Photo © Egle Sarapik

Kalda tn 5, Pärnu, Pärnumaa.

First Estonian Republic period (1918-1940), but fully refurbished in 1999.

Lõuna tn 2, Pärnu, Pärnumaa, Estonia
Photo © Egle Sarapik

Lõuna tn 2, Pärnu, Pärnumaa.

Russian Empire period (1710-1918), build date uncertain, but likely to be 1890s-1910s.

 

All photos kindly contributed by Kersti Hansen, taken in August 2022, & Egle Sarapik, taken in June-November 2022.

 

Images and text copyright © Kersti Hansen & Egle Sarapik except where stated. An original feature for the History Files.